RIP Tank

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First the bad news - Tank, the upper barn kitty, died while we were at ASHAM. He was my favorite cat because of his cantankerous manner, and I was really bummed to learn that he won't be napping under my saddle rack anymore.  They tried to save him, but he didn't make it.  Rest in peace, Tank - you weren't one for catching mice, but you were always ready for a scratch on the head.  But only on the head - you'd try to bite if someone dared to scratch anywhere else.   I'll miss you.

I rode Doc bareback, with a bareback saddle pad.  He is pretty darn bony, that old guy.  I was a little nervous at first, and M's instructions on how to bail should I lose my balance didn't help much.  However, I never felt that a fall was eminent, but we weren't exactly tearing around the arena, either.

We worked off the longe line, at a sitting trot and posting trot.  We didn't work up to a canter, though.  M had me trot circles, which was hard, at both ends of the ring.  By the time the lesson was over, my legs were getting a little sore.

Blondie is going to stay inside until November, with daily turn out. Then she can be outside for  November - January.  I haven't figured out what to do with her after that, but I think I am going to try and take lessons at a few other barns, just to see how they do things.  I left a message for one trainer, and I'm going to call another one on Monday.  Hope they call me back.

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