Monday, January 30, 2012

Hopes and Dreams, Dreams and Wishes

We all have them –those dreams and wishes we hold close to our heart. And I’m here to tell you it is OK –shoot for the stars and even if you fall short you’ll be amazed where you land.

So what are my secret dreams and wishes? 

Well I have always been envious of those going south for event season. While I am happy for my friends that can make it to Ocala or Aiken for a few weeks or the entire season, I have always wished to be among them. But with a budget so tight that it doesn’t just squeak it squeals I never thought it could happen…
And what I wouldn’t give to be a working student again. But as an adult with 2 jobs and other adult-like responsibilities (and that squealing budget) being a working student is not practical or wise.

No –Moose and I are not going to Florida for the season and no I am not taking a sabbatical to be a working student for 6 months.  But a week from today I am going to Florida. And I am riding with Peter Atkins! It still does not seem real. Pinch me! Thanks to the kindness of others, just enough frequent flier miles and a very understanding employer and husband, I will be living my dream for a week!

Wish me luck and do not be afraid to dream big!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Snow Days

As much as I bemoan MidWest winters there are some lovely days and joyful rides.



I love the sound (or lack thereof ) after a new snow. All is quiet as we ride.


Moose seems to enjoy it as well. As the snow tickles his belly, he gives little bucks...then a big one! Feeling my balance shift, he immediately stops and cocks an ear, as if to ask, "All OK up there?" As I settle in the saddle, we are off again.

Though today is a joy ride, the competitor in me takes over. I find myself watching the fresh tracks in the snow -"Are we straight?" "Was that shoulder-in 2 or 3 tracks?"
The snow becomes the arena mirror I have always wanted and the drifts become cavaletti as Moose lifts his legs to get through.

With temperatures below freezing and snow all around spring season seems so far away...yet the training is never far from my mind.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The January Thaw?

I have lived in Illinois since 2002 and have never been able to ride outside after December. With high temps in the low 50s and high 40s and no snow or ice anywhere to be seen it seems a great time to ride...

We rode OUTSIDE on CHRISTMAS!


Unless you have a toothache that turns into an emergency root canal that turns into a major infection.


But now I am better! Yay! I went out to finally ride (!!!!!)  But ....during the drug induced fog of my tooth drama Mooseys feet grew and grew. Not worth a tendon injury.


A call to my fantabulous farrier explaining the situation results in an immediate trim....I am ready to ride (!!!!!)


BUT


Feels like 3? Snow? 25 mph winds?

Ugh.