I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were able to fly back to Pennsylvania last weekend for a quick trip to see family. While in Middle-of-no-where-Pennsylvania I saw a girl I use to go to high school with out shopping (note: I hate shopping unless it's at a tack store.) She looked at me and said, "hu?" I was confused but kept talking to her, she has never been one to be rude. Then she says, "You know, my sister said you were having a baby, but I just assumed that meant a horse baby." LOL. Oh how well everyone in my life knows me. Yeah, wasn't planning on a human baby so soon (I'll be 32 in 2 weeks, so I'm not exactly jumping into it I guess.) I've never had a horse baby, but they sound like they are almost as much work as a human baby (except they grow up a lot faster.)
Yesterday I was having "I miss ponies" sort of day and met up with my friends for lunch. My one friend is almost 30 weeks pregnant and she is still riding daily. Seriously beyond impressive!! She thinks this is her last week because her belly is getting in the way now, but I only rode to 12 weeks and my hips hurt WAY too much. I guess if I rode every single day, with multiple horses my body would be use to it and it wouldn't hurt.
I got to go see Ms. Vera after lunch. Apparently she has been a pill, but in her defense, she is the kind of horse (much like Denali) that if you let her think (at all) that she is in charge she takes it and runs away with it. One of the new clients came off of her twice, and then she tried to buck off the new trainer too. I think it had more to do with her fresh clip job than with wanting to actually get people off. Also, she always was the kind of horse that you needed to get on and sort of warm up slowly. The trainer got on her and got after her right away (which who wouldn't, someone came off of you.) Anyway, the long of the short of it, that woman who drives me nuts (note: I'm still really nice to her) had a lesson after my friend. She was so terrified of Vera, that it reminded me of Denali, and I know exactly how she felt. She asked another friend of ours to walk with her while she warmed Vera up. I told her, if you act afraid she's going to think there's a cougar hiding behind the arena wall. Fake it. That's my best advice. Ride the horse you're on, not the one you've been told about. See, Denali taught me a ton. :0) Vera didn't look like she was out to kill anyone. She's a good horse, but she's a horse. I can't wait to not be pregnant and to hope back up on her. She looks good. She's super lean and muscular now and just beautiful! I miss that girl, but am really excited that she gets to stay there.
Not much new in the whole baby thing. My back is killing me, and I wake up everyday with the first thought being "did I come off a horse yesterday?" That's exactly how my back feels. Like I came off of a horse and landed on my butt.
Monday we find out if we're having a girl or a boy. Half my friends are convinced I'm having a girl, and the other half are convinced I'm having a boy. I don't care honestly, I just want a healthy kid (and if they are obsessed with horses, bonus.)