Yes, yes, this thing is still on. :) I have just been -- all together now -- really busy lately. Plus, for some reason I don't feel like I have a lot of interesting things to say.
Still, here goes. I really, really miss my horse today! It's been a week since I was able to get out to the barn, due to having company for the weekend and needing to make it look like I don't actually live in a hovel before said company arrived, plus some health issues. (Again, as usual.) So I am super-excited to get out to the barn today! My poor abandoned pony! I can't wait to get up into the saddle, pet my pony, brush him, feed him carrots ... all that good stuff.
I'm also excited to give my new helmet a try. I decided that I needed a nice, light helmet for the summer. I adore my Charles Owen skully, don't get me wrong! However, it's definitely heavy and not really well vented, and "low-profile" doesn't describe it well. I don't really mind looking like a blockhead, since sometimes I can ACT like one, but ... the last lesson I had, I sweated through my ponytail. All of it, down to the tip, was wet. Ick. Yeah, sweat is good, means you're working, but ... ick.
So I picked up a nice little schooling helmet, the Ovation Deluxe Schooler. I think it'll be just the thing! I'll wear my skully and cover for cross-country, of course -- all those cross-rails are dangerous, right? ;)
Cross-country, yes. Despite not having done much jumping this year, I went ahead and entered the May derby at cross-rails. I think I ought to schedule some jumping lessons between now and then ... heh. Honestly, I'm not in the least concerned. We can totally handle cross-rails. And Intro B. Totally, completely, 100% handle that. The only question is how Apollo will be out in the field, but I'm not even very concerned about that, either. We'll have a couple clinic days in advance of the derby, and I'll drag him out there when I can between now and then too. He's competed out there already, even. So yeah. We'll have a fine time. :)
Lessee ... oh! Reveille is still happy as a clam with her new kid! Hee. She's officially a rodeo-queening horse now; her kid is Mini Queen for a rodeo here. The pictures are so awesome. I won't share here, just because they're not my pictures and because they feature a kid, but trust me: she's adorable. Utterly adorable. Reveille is sleek and shiny, and she transitioned into a shank curb bit and Western saddle in a right hurry. I'm so pleased!!
Anyway, again as usual, I'll try to keep up with things. I do want to mention how well Apollo is going and how amazing he is to ride these days, since he's been getting pro rides, but ... I have to have material for another day, yeah? :)