Gizmo and Sarah
I survived OKC, but I didn’t survive being back in Michigan! I have been sick since we returned, and I finally went to the doctor because I was so tired of feeling like crap. Had a respiratory infection, and after a week of antibiotics, I am actually starting to feel better.
OKC was an interesting learning experience, and hopefully the next time I go, I can be a little more competitive. Right now I am considering a couple of options with Nyk, and if at all possible, I want to leave him in the barn. I am considering trading him for a yearling that is a park prospect, and Ill blog more about that if it seems like a good fit. She is a Futurity filly, and if all goes well, she is expected to show in the middle of next summer. That is going to leave me without a horse show, but I have a couple of options in that department as well.
Today was the first time that I’ve been to the barn in a week. I rode Nyk and Blondie, and then got a surprise; D asked if I wanted to ride Kongo and Elmer, too. Kongo was a challenge because he is only two and he doesn’t trot square yet. I think I did a pretty good job with him, but we both need work.
Elmer decided to be a butthead, so that didn’t pan out, but Tina said I could give Gizmo a spin around the ring. He is one heck of a horse, and I was so tired when I got off. The ride wasn’t pretty, but I believe that it was good first ride. He trots big, he gets scrambly, and he doesn’t like leg pressure. He is so different from any other horse I have ridden.
I feel excited and energized again by the progress I have made in the last year. There is still much to improve on, but I can see how far I have come. My goals are finally within reach, and I am looking forward to another winter of learning new things and becoming the best rider I can be.