Thoughts needed: would it be "bad" to try riding Lacey more...just to see if she can handle a heavier workload?
She IS going to be 29 in February...but we both just enjoyed that ride on Thursday so much... Of course, I'm thinking mostly walking, maybe a little cantering [her preferred gait], 45 minute rides at the most. Nothing really intense-intense, no goal other than having fun, and obviously not pushing her to ride more often than she seems comfy.
That front leg of hers DOES have arthritis in it and I really want her to be sound in her later years...but I'm just not over how much joy she had during our ride on Thursday. She was practically radiating joy.
Maybe it would be good to try one ride a week, see where that takes us. They do say that regular exercise is good for arthritis!
Gah, old horse problems. haha
Also, in other news, I found a saddle pad while thrifting today! A nearly new Weaver "Tacky-Tack" pad Weaver Leather, LLCTacky-Tack All Purpose Contoured Saddle Pad
AND IT WAS $9!!! Just about 10% of it's original cost. WHAT??!
It's a little dirty but nothing a solid pressure washing won't fix.
First those saddlebags, now this pad..who decided to get out of horses? haha
I feel so blessed! Lacey's going to love it. I've wanted a pad like that for years but never felt comfortable spending THAT MUCH money "just to see if something works better than the cheap option".
I've seriously never found horse stuff while thrifting ever before - I don't live in a horsey town/area...but oh my gosh, OK.
In other news, Gman and I had anotherrrr big talk today. It was really good. This time he initiated it and I'm really glad he did.
Basically it was about how he was worried that "I'm beating myself up too much trying to be his perfect friend and that he wants me to to be me and not worry so much about saying the right thing all the time." And that he was worried that the amount of texting/facebooking we're doing is unhealthy when it isn't combined with a solid amount of in-person time.
He's so right, AND him bringing that up brought up quite a few other things that needed to be said.
Basically it was all around really good. Painful to hear but good. I had been thinking similar things, honestly, but I didn't know how to bring it up without seeming like it might have something to do with the stuff he told me about himself last week.
I'm of the "love people no matter what orientation/gender/religion because everyone has DEEP worth" school-of-thought..but we had never talked about "that" stuff, anything about that stuff, before "this" and I really didn't want it to seem like I was maybe pulling away due to what I had learned about him.
I was, as many "Christians" are today [I prefer "Christ-follower" for myself - I disagree with a lot of what current "Christian" thinking tends toward. I believe in the teachings of Christ and try to follow his true example...most of which involves peacefully loving the hard to love], raised in a household that believes that, if you're gay/whatever, you must have "chosen" to be that way and that you can somehow be "fixed" through logic. And I disagree with that. Well, I mentally knew I disagreed with that but wasn't sure of precisely why...until Gman told me. And I KNOW, 100%, that he would not have, if he had any kind of "choice" in the matter, chosen the hardest route possible. I know him, he adores kids more than anything in the world and that's realllly what seals it for me - there's absolutely no way he would have chosen to never have blood-related kids of his own, if he had any kind of choice.
Therefore, for me, there's no longer any kind of possibility that it's a choice.
Anywhooo, got a bit sidetracked over here! haha
Basically, I'm glad HE brought it up.
Man, that kid. Our friendship just makes me half want to barf. In a good way. In a "wait, HOW did this happen and why am I so 'special' that I get to be part of it??"-way.
I've never had someone really truly care about me, like this, before. Sure, my family has always cared for my physical needs...but emotionally it was a wasteland growing up. I love my family, for sure, but emotions are kindddd of important too.
HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY?
I reallllllly don't think I deserve half of the wonderful-ness I receive.