So … here's a look at where I stand as I start the Equestrian New Year:
- I haven't lost any more weight, but I am pretty happy where I am. My core is getting stronger and stronger (lots of planks and other belly busting exercises), and the rest of my body has a lot more tone and definition than it did last summer.
- The Micklem bridle was a great purchase. The leather hasn't miraculously morphed into butter soft strapping, but I don't really care as Sydney works much better in this bridle than in a traditional dressage bridle.
- The Ariat Volants were also a wise buy. Not that I knew I needed a pair of $500 schooling boots, but in them, I feel like Wonder Woman which is great because lately I've been riding Captain Awesome. I am fighting a small blister at the heel of my right boot, but with the aid of some moleskin, the issue is slowly fading.
- Speedy is handling his confinement and drastically reduced work-load better than expected. I am having some trouble with thrush, though. Normally that's not a problem where I live. Our stalls are sandy and so is our arena. With regular riding and turn out, Speedy's feet are usually quite hard and tough. Right now, his feet are getting a bit mushy on the inside. As soon as I noticed the change in texture of his frog, I started doing our hand walk on firmer, drier ground. I am also dosing his feet several times a week with a thrush buster treatment created by my vet.
- Sydney is also doing well. As I get better and better with the left rein, he gets more and more relaxed. I have hope that we might actually have some kind of a show season this year after all.
Monday morning is going to be tough; I get up at 4:45 a.m. and leave the house by 6:15 a.m. for work. Hopefully, not having to rush home while cursing every red light will make that early get up and go time worth it.
What's your plan for the "new year?'