I have just arrived home from Pittsburgh, where it looks like I will be working a couple days ever week for the next little while. While I love traveling (even to Pittsburgh), this does somewhat complicate the ever pressing issue of trying to get my horse fit for the spring season. I’ve been trying to bribe people into riding my horse, but the weather has further complicated the matter. I am debating trailering him to a covered facility after work, just so I can ride my horse!
Also, it doesn’t look like I’ll be going to the recognized show at the Carolina Horse Park as originally planned. After seeing how high the entry fee is ($350 for a show!? OK I get it $175 for the entry fee but $175 for stabling too? Normally stabling there is $40/night, not $88/night!), it is too much to at this time. I have already planned a 4 day trip to Orlando the week before, so we won’t be as prepared as I would like to justify spending that much money.
In any case, after looking up the calendar, it does look like there are plenty of options for schooling shows, rather than slim pickins’ as I originally thought. There’s enough for us to do one Horse Trials every month through June. That’s 5 horse trials, and there are even more dressage and jumper shows to keep us busy, if I find I have money to blow. Our first HT will be at Running Start at the end of February. I know we will not make time because he’s not as fit as I’d like, but that’s OK. What I am hoping for is a positive experience and no run outs!
For those of you that have been praying for my family, and that have sent well wishes, I really appreciate it. At the time there is no real news, as the doctors are still trying to understand what is wrong. Thank you for all of your kind words and thoughtful responses. Y’all are the best.