Moving to a new place, adjusting to a new job, dealing with The Worst Winter Ever, some personal life stuff that's no good, etc. I can make a million excuses, but I'm sorry I haven't kept up with y'all. I've been reading but not commenting much lately. I think there's some seasonal affective disorder stuff going on here, combined with an unexpected loss and not much saddle time because it's been so damn cold.
Among the most fun things that's happened lately is getting to hang out with Tracy from Fly On Over. She wrote about our barn hop weekends and said some very kind things about Lex. Lex really enjoyed meeting her. Tracy is in the People Who Bring Carrots club, and to those people, Lex's loyalty is eternal. I also love getting to see Miles. We're both cranky old guys with good hearts once you get past the crusty exterior. We're also both easily bribed by food. We get along.
Lex is loving life at her barn. She gets turned out with a sweet school mare named Katy and a mini named Fire. Fire and Katy share a large stall and they're very attached to each other, but apparently Lex has stolen him during turnout. This does not surprise me. Lex gets what she wants.
The snow has been just wretched, but even worse is the cold. Some days I don't ride her, I just turn her out in the indoor. Sometimes there's snow INSIDE.
|INSIDE the indoor. Thanks, wind!|
Any day it's going to get into the high 20s or over, though, I try to tack up, if the roads are safe (I live on a really terrifying road that doesn't get plowed often; if I can get out of my neighborhood, I'm fine). So I've ridden a handful of times since we got here. Each time, Lex has been really great. She's such a good girl. We're not making the kind of progress I'd hoped for, but that's just the reality of winter. I don't feel like I have to start over each time I get on her, and she's always happy to go to work. I'm so lucky to have such a cool horse.
Let's not forget Rocket! She's ten months old today and just insanely huge. She must have broken 14hh by now. My mom, who lives in Virginia and is thus dealing with Snowmageddon, sent me this video of her playing in the snow with her uncle Teddy. Cuties.
I will do my best to avoid radio silence, both here and on your blogs, I promise!