This week was long. And as today is Sunday, I suppose that, technically, a new week has started.
A while back I was offered a position riding horses for a couple different people in South Dakota. I’ve decided to take the job for an indefinite period of time. With diesel costing what it does, I’ve been really slow, and there, I’ll have 2-4 head more to ride each day than I ever had here, thus it’ll be a benefit to me financially; but from a career standpoint, there are less *fish in the sea* trainer-wise in South Dakota so it should benefit me that way too. I’ll be riding horses for basically two ranches, and I’ll be taking a limited number of outside horses each month. I’ll have 10-12 head to ride daily and as I’m farther north there will be a significant amount of additional daylight to allow me to do that this summer. Also, I’ll be marketing their horses through my network, and the internet and horse sales which will allow me to really use my education.
My last lessons were on Friday this week- oh, and that’s another thing, I won’t have to give lessons to make ends meet! Don’t get me wrong, I like my lessons; but if I have a choice, I’d rather just train. The girls all cried and gave me lovely going away gifts- including photos, jewelry and a gift card to Wal-Mart (Whoo hoo!). I mean, who can’t use a gift card to Wally-World when you’re moving?
The horses have all been taken to their original homes, or sold; save for the oldest, Flash- and he’s leased out to a student of mine for the summer. We’re waiting on his EIA test to come back, and then he’ll go to her barn. He is the sweetest horse on the entire planet, and I’ll miss him dearly. He’s going to carry that little girl around and teach her all he knows. Then he’ll go to my friend for her little girl and he’ll have his *forever* home there. I could cry right now.
Shuttle is still at the clinic in Weatherford, Texas, and I went to visit her for the last time yesterday. I cried and told her to get better. Which, she is technically doing. She’s walking better than she was and the more you walk her, the better she gets. She was was laying down when I got there, and she let me sit next to her and unbraid her mane and brush it out, and give her cookies. I love that mare. They’re thinking that at the earliest she could be released the end of next week. By the fourth of July, she’ll have been at a vet’s office for a month. When she does get released, I’ve got a friend that is going to keep her for me through July, and then I’ll come back to Texas to get her; once we are through with all the checkups, etc. I’m off of her for at least the rest of this year, and probably next year too. I’m contemplating breeding her and allowing her to have a baby; that way I’m less upset about NOT being able to ride her. After she’s had significant time off, we’ll discuss options on where she is soundness wise, as there are some forms of therapy that can help with DJD. They still don’t know what level of competition she’ll be able to return to; or if she even will. I have to believe the mare wants to return to competition. She has a determined, free-spirit and it’s hard to believe I’ll never see her running, kicking or bucking about like the wild mustang she thinks she is.
I might be slightly stressed out with all that’s gone on in the past month, but I’m about to start a new chapter in my life and hopefully it’ll be full of successes, a sound mare and plenty of good horses to ride.
Wish me luck…