Lame. 1 a : having a body part and especially a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement b : marked by stiffness and soreness
4 a : inferior b : contemptible, nasty
Both of these definitions are relevant to my life at the moment. Brumby is lame again and I feel completely lame (i.e., inferior) as a rider and just in general. I was working through some thoughts from my last riding post and was seeing where the improvements were going. I admit, things have not been going well and I've been debating all weekend whether to stop my lease. I am just getting tired of the up and down roller-coaster ride this horse is. Just when I post about making progress, we are back to curling in worse than ever and a canter that is like riding a freight train. For no apparent reason. On the other hand, I hear his owner is having a lot of success jumping him and they are doing very well. I just don't know whether that makes me hopeful, or more discouraged than ever. Actually, I do. It makes me feel really, really bad. There. I said it.
So I was going to wait until after my lesson today to post about the last little while. I didn' t want to post all these problems if it was really just a couple bad rides, you know? Then yesterday I got a message from Brumby's owner that he had lost a shoe and the clamp dug into the outside of his hoof but not deep and he was fine. She had her lesson on him yesterday with no problem, apparently.
Today when bringing him in from turnout, I could tell he wasn't walking completely normally. I wasn't very surprised since he just lost a shoe and I hoped that he was just a little short on uneven ground. Unfortunately, he was not sound at the trot. I had half a hope he would get better with extended warm-up, I knew it wasn't likely to help but my instructor was on her way so I figured I might as well get eyes on the ground confirmation.
So now I'm back to the place I was in during the winter - contemplating whether I want to continue this lease but now that the horse is lame I'm kinda stuck with him because otherwise I look like a jerk.
On a more postitive note, some progress was made in the garden.
I rubbed linseed oil into the wood for my vegetable beds and we set them down over the areas my husband cleared.
I couldn't stand the wonky angles of the beds, so I made Sasha help me straighten them. I hated to mention it, he had done so much work already...but it turns out he knew I would want them straightened.
I guess he knows me well, and so he should! This weekend marks our 3rd wedding anniversary and our 11th year together! I guess if he didn't know and love my crazy aspects we wouldn't have made it this long.
and I admit it went straight to my head! Oops :)
So we moved the beds ever so slightly so the tops would align a little better. It's so nice to have someone who understands your quirks, even though I still think it's probably silly of me to care about a slight difference either way.But see, I don't need it to be perfect.
They are still a little off, lol!
Then, of course, they just looked too fun. So I made use of them to jump Hazel! Probably not a good idea considering our veggies are going in there soon!
Check out the bounces! The video might
appear black, just click the play button.