I don’t have much in the way of weekend activities to report on today. Miles came up mysteriously lame on Thursday, so he’s been getting some TLC the last few days. He seems to be getting better and I’m looking forward to jogging him tomorrow to see how he looks. Fingers crossed that Big Red just needed some rest.
Each spring, I’m ecstatic to be able to ride outside again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m spoiled by having access to not one, but two beautiful indoor arenas that make it possible for me to ride year-round — and I’m grateful for that, I truly am. But there’s just something all together different about riding outside and my horse thinks so too. The change in Miles is absolutely astounding and I need to do a better job of remembering that.
I have a confession: when I was a teenager I was a huge slob. I’m talking the you “can’t even see my bedroom floor, I’ve never cleaned out my car” kind of chaos. But now, disarray drives me crazy. I can’t come home to dirty dishes in the sink and I get frantic when I can’t find things I need. So I try to have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. I’m not a neat freak, but I do like to know where stuff is. For example, I got really upset with myself when I mysteriously misplaced my USEF membership card last week and I almost had a heart attack when I couldn’t remember when Miles was last visited by the farrier. So in 2015 I’ve vowed to at least keep all things equine neat and tidy. Here are my best tips to organize your equestrian life:
Do you ever have a ride where nothing particularly amazing happens — no light bulb moment or great accomplishment — yet you hop off and are overwhelmed with love for your horse? That’s the kind of ride I had last night. Nothing out of the ordinary, no “ah ha!” moment, we didn’t jump very high or tackle a difficult course; yet when I got off and gave Miles a kiss like I always do, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this amazing animal.