The 520 Bridge on my way home from the barn. You could feel the bridge move, and the waves were crashing over it! No wonder it took me 2 hours to get home from the barn!
After playing with Ms. Denali (who by the way was in a SUPER possessive mood) I went to The Gift Horse to pick up my prize. I won some joint supplements and some other ligament cream. I also returned a bit that I bought. While I was waiting for my stuff a "kid" came up to check out something. She didn't look older than 16, if that. I heard her talking about her pony. The woman checking us out asked her how they were doing, "Oh we're doing well. We're schooling Prix St. George and hope to earn silver this year. Seriously!? Ugh. I really wish I could go back in time and have parents who could afford to give me proper lessons. Hell. Where I lived I'm lucky there was anyone around that could give me horseback riding lessons at all, forget Dressage!
I'm not saying that I want or expect to take Denali the whole way to the top, but I must say that I was super jealous of that 16 year old!
I think we have the Rhythm part down, but that's about it! We both have a lot of work to do, (Me WAY MORE than her) but I do want to take her to shows. Not big ones, I don't want to get ribbons, I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
Friday night I found out that I won a book! I entered a contest on the Pets Blogroll website. I'm pretty excited. Next to horses, dogs are my favoriate! I wish we could have one at our house, but with all my free time being taken up with the horse it isn't really fair to the dog. If you'd like a chance to win a copy of the book you can do it in either at the Pets Blogroll website or at Susan Wilson's facebook page.
Saturday we went down to Elma to volunteer at Second Chance Ranch. Ophie's mom and I groomed horses, played with wolves, and I got to give haircuts to about half of the horses. It was SO MUCH FUN! I even took my husband there, he cut up firewood and had a great time! He loves doing outdoor things. It was so funny, the horses are so well mannered! We took them into her grooming room and fed them grain while we worked. The doors had latches on them, but we'd still see little noses sticking in trying to see what we were doing. When we were done with one we'd open the door, ask them to step away (and they would) and ask who was next. They were very good! I did cut one horses hair that she was trying to let grow, oops! I still feel bad, but she said not to worry. It was a lot of fun! I love those horses! They are awesome!
I also inadvertently taught one horse how to drink out of a water bottle. He (Slewy) was playing with my vitamin water. He picked it up so I let him have a drink. Next thing I know he lifted the bottle up and chugged the drink. He later found his "mom's" vitamin water and drank hers too! It was much funnier than the picture shows. Of course I didn't get a shot of him doing it.
After leaving the barn my allergies started. I take medicine, but sometimes that doesn't work. I started sneezing, and sneezing, and sneezing. The only thing that gives me any relief is taking more medicine, washing my face and sitting still. If I start walking my allergies start up again. It gets bad, my whole body hurts. This was how I was from yesterday at 5 to today at 1:30. I'm tired. I hate, hate, hate allergies, BUT playing with a barn full of Denali's cousins makes suffering worth it!
Had friends over today, ate WAY TOO MUCH, and am currently sitting on my couch in my "fat pants" trying to figure out what I'm going to do with the 56 days of school that we have left!
Happy Easter everyone!