Spring is in the air, and things are finally looking up around here!! My life is falling back into place and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, school work is piling up- and let me tell you it’s hard to focus on school with my first endurance ride just around the corner, and I still work a miserable job. But the sun is shining, my horses are ready for riding and I think I’ll be ok.
At school in the health center there is a mental health department that offers free counseling/therapy service to full-time students, and I’ve been going every week for about a month now. I really like my counselor and she’s helping me with a lot of my depression/self loathing issues that made for such a miserable winter. A big part of my self esteem issues is not feeling feminine, ever. So we’re working on some things to help with that. Saddle time always makes me feel better, too.
Joey and I are conditioning twice a week, and with every ride we get closer to our goals. I have more horse left at the end of every ride, and every week that goes by is another week closer! One thing I will be very glad about is getting the heck out of this desert for the ride. The beach is only 1 1/2 hours away, I don’t know why I don’t go more, I think I’m scared that my trailer can’t handle the distance. I’m going to go out to the local river to ride in the next couple weeks though, that will be a nice change of pace.
Last week I rode over to my friends house in the next town over, and it was such a fun ride! At first Joey seemed a little peeved that we weren’t turning around for home at all, but then when he realized we were headed for a little community and there were horse friends there for him he pricked up his ears and we were on our way!! He does really well by himself, but I think he gets a little lonely. When we ride with other horses he tends to get a little competitive when we go faster than a walk, but we’re working on it 🙂
When we got there he was already pulsed down to 60 and I had a lot of horse left. I had my trailer parked out there so I drove him home, but I could’ve easily let him eat lunch and take a break then turn around and ride right home. Maybe that will be our next milestone!!
Joey likes to be involved in everything we do, girthing, brushing, checking pulse. He’s a sweetie!!
Well that’s all for now, I promise I’ll try to be more diligent about updating this 🙂