Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Update...on a Monday

Denali's party went off without a hitch. My dear, sweet husband woke up early and helped me to organize everything that I needed to get ready before heading out to the barn. Ophie's mom and her boyfriend came out to help me too.

A lot of great people came out for food and pony kisses. Our trainer came out and was a little weird. I don't know if she's figured out we're not coming back, but regardless it was weird. She kept commenting how Denali kept sniffing her because she smelled like her horse friends. I reminded her that she was covered in hay, but she was convinced that it was because she smelled like her horse friends. What do I know, I just own her....sigh.

Right after the party was an educational series that the vet puts on.  A group of 20 Pony Clubbers came out to pick the fields early. They came in the barn early and I had a lot of questions about Denali and our history. Denali was continuously was informed that she was beautiful. No one could believe that three months ago she couldn't walk without almost falling, I can't believe it.

Towards the end of the party the vet asked that everyone sing Happy Birthday to Denali. I of course being the mature person I am started to cry. I thanked the vet in front of everyone for making it so Denali turned 7. Denali could care  Listening to 40 people sing Happy Birthday to your horse is a pretty funny experience.

Sunday I went out to do my shift at the Giant Warmblood barn. I talked to her about my lack of riding over the past few months and asked for a lesson. I have a lesson tomorrow at 1pm as long as the snow holds off. I can drive in snow, however; no one else can drive in snow.

I'm glad I have credit built up. It's going to be the only way I can take lessons for a while. I just found out that the school district cut funding for summer school, so no chance for me to earn extra money. I'm trying to build up our savings (or lack there of) for our next great vet bill. With a husband in grad school we're not exactly rolling in cash. My parents often offer me money but I don't want to rely on them to support my horse habit.

I also found out today that I did not pass my test. To say that I'm disappointed would be the understatement of the year.  I've been laying on the couch in my PJ's all day being depressed over it.  I don't even know if I can take it again. They give you a two year window to take it, and my window is up in July and the next test isn't until September. Sucks is an understatement. I only checked my score online, I don't know by how much I failed. I hate that word because I feel like I fail at everything. Horse ownership, riding, losing weight, house work, wife, daughter, sister.... Don't tell me I don't. I know I don't, but I feel like it.

 I did manage to pull out my super cute new fabric and make some tail bags. It always makes me feel better to sew something. I have mastered the art of 3 tube tail bags if anyone one is interested in one. They are $15.00 each and I would need to know the length of your horses tail from the bone to the end to make sure it is the right length for your horse.

I'm still selling regular tail bags for $5.00 each, and that includes shipping.

Enough of sounding like a sales pitch. Tomorrow is my lesson and a trip to the doctor for fun allergy shots and hopefully a new inhaler. I started to wheeze yesterday and couldn't breath all night. Of course it's at 2 am I realize that my inhaler is empty. If you have asthma you know the feeling. I of course has crazy dreams involving drowning, having a pillow put over my head, and trying to climb to the top of a building. Fun times.

I did manage to come across a barn online today that looks like it might be a good match for us. They specialize in "high needs" horses. They show arabs, but I've heard good things about them. I sent then an e-mail today because I'm sure they have a wait list, and I would need to go see what it looks like in person. I've know that you can't judge a book by it's cover. See example A of the barn Denali use to be at and what they think of the barn.  Here are my photos of it here. Not quite the same hu?


Janine said...

What test did you take?

Niamh said...

I find myself enjoying your posts more and more -- perhaps that's the cynic in me finding a kindred spirit, who knows? I gotta tell ya, even the FIRST link to that barn made me a cringe a little...I think I am scared of any barn that has a bouncy castle and spray painted pony rides though! I have been noticing in my old (32) age, that things like safety are becoming paramount in my expectations of a facility. I can feel myself quietly checking off red flags when I go visit new barns so don't feel bad!

*Also, the party looked awesome!

SprinklerBandit said...

I'm sorry about the test. :-( If only you were a less successful person, it would be way less disappointing. As it is, you're pretty awesome.

I'm glad the party went well! It looks like a ton of fun, aside from the weird trainer thing. Woman sounds bizarre.

Dom said...

So sorry to hear about the test :(

achieve1dream said...

Sorry about the test. I've been feeling down lately too so I know how you feel. I feel like a total failure too, but we know in our brains that isn't true and we will make it through this. Just breathe and try to focus on the good, happy things (this is what I'm trying to do).

Denali's birthday party sounded like a blast. Too bad I live on the opposite side of the country. Do we get to see more pictures? :D

rosewolfkin said...

That party sounds like it was fun. I'm happy she made it to 7 but am sorry about your test! *big hugs*