But she's back now, which is tremendous. She also hasn't really ridden Seneca in like two weeks because I've been hogging him, and I'm sure she misses Spike. So I'll be handing the reins back over to her and probably won't be able to ride at all for the rest of the week. This is, of course, driving me nuts.
So in the meantime, here's what I'm doing to beat the no-riding blues:
1. Fix up my brain. Thanks to Mary, I'm working my way through a stack of sports psychology books, starting with Jane Savoie's That Winning Feeling: Program Your Mind for Peak Performance. I will probably write a book review when I'm done, but for now, I'll say that this is very useful and I recommend it.
2. Stalk JWo. M has been riding with The Woff for 30 years. He's not far away. She's going to e-mail him and tell him that I'm going to come set rails during lessons. I don't think she's taking no for an answer on this one, but I don't think he'd say no anyway. He appreciates people who want to learn.
3. Bug people I know. I do know people around here with horses I can get on. I just need to get over my nerves and ask them. And I will. In fact, I already sent one text message today and will call someone else tomorrow. Or maybe even when I'm done writing this here post. But if you're in the VA/MD area and you've got a horse you wouldn't mind me hopping on, I will not turn you down.
4. Hang out with Rocket. No, I can't ride Rocket yet, although she looks like I could because she's enormous. But she's fun to hang out with and spending time together is good for our relationship. The more time I spend brushing her and scratching her withers, the more I like her. And (knock on wood) she's been pretty good on the lead line, too.
5. Read all your wonderful blogs. I get sad sometimes when other people are having way more fun than me and I worry that I will never have fun on my horse again. But that's ridiculous and negative thinking so instead I'm going to enjoy all of your good times, and feel for those of you who are on the struggle bus with me right now.
6. Mucking lots of stalls. At least I can keep up my fitness and do something good for the horses every day.
7. Ride along with my vet and farrier. There's a lot I can learn from them. I need to learn to do IV injections, I could stand to practice removing shoes since it's been so long since I've had a shod horse, etc.
8. Keep you all hanging. I might have a pretty fun announcement coming up. I'm waiting for it to be 100% solid, but when it is, prepare yourselves. It will definitely help lift my spirits.
What do you all do when you can't ride besides mope?