- congrats on the new job! I have a few friends who are paralegals and all of them love it!
I confess I played hookie on Wednesday since it was 75 and sunny, in Maine, in February. I spent about 4 hours down at the barn. I tried to clear as much of the frozen poo piles as I could, a lot of it was still stuck to the ground, or burried under icebergs that hadn't defrosted enough yet. I am sad to report mud season has officially started. Duke now has his very own horsey mud bath! At one point, one of them or maybe both, sloshed through the muddy ditch enough to create a full on mud pit. I am sure it is very healing if you can get over the fact that you are laying in horse crap and god only knows what else. Duke didn't seem to mind, and has been laying in his own mud pit/filth since Wednesday. I did threaten him yesterday and told him I am not going to clean him anymore. He can just stay dirty and be that stinky horse nobody wants to be around. I highly doubt that it had any impact on him.
Loretta is doing just fine, although I think she is getting antsy for this winter to be over. It was her first New England winter, her first time seeing snow, her first time having to walk on ice, and now she is privileged enough to get to enjoy mud season :( Poor girl. Duke loves mud and filth. She seems to be a bit more proper. She has been sleeping in her stall or on the hay because I keep picking shavings out of her horsey armpits, and her hair. At least I know she is getting some rest. Her lump is still there, but well, as we all know, it takes way more energy to burn fat than it does to put it on :( I can totally sympathize with her on that :p
My 2nd riding lesson went well. I did stay a few minutes to watch the group lesson after my lesson. Those little girls have no freakin' fear! Walk, trot, canter, jump... they will do it all! Meanwhile, me and Yukon are taking it nice and slow. Walk around the ring, small circles, a figure 8, and we walked over the jumps.
Farrier is coming tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, we will have another good visit with her. Loretta's thrush seems to be under control, and I am only using No-Thrush powder once a week to prevent anything from happening in the wet/muddy conditions. And Duke has been letting me pick his hooves regularly, so we haven't had any issues with him. I do use the no-thrush on him whenever I smell something funny that I can't tell is really ripe poo or thrush. Since he can't lift his hind hooves very far, and I try not to stand directly behind him, not that I think he'd kick me, but sometimes I just can't see what he has going on.... Better safe than sorry I suppose.
anyway, no real confessions. i did have a funny story though. i played hookie Wednesday. had a great day out at the barn until my boot got stuck in mud, and my other foot slipped on ice and i landed in the pile of poo I was trying to clean up. I spent the next hour with poo all over my boots and legs :( After I went home, changed and showered, I headed to my lesson. After my lesson, walking back to my car, my boot got stuck in mud AGAIN. This time my foot actually came out of the boot, and I stepped in yucky mud. I picked up my boot, walked back to my car with 1 boot, and 1 sock. Yep, I was laughing to hard to care. I played hookie (I mean I do have like a gazillion vacation hours to use) but still... the universe was telling me I should have been working like an adult.. not playing.