And there are the animals. Shadow, who I call Sub Pedi (Latin for underfoot) is a smart, brave, and very loving puppy. She’s still not housebroken, but she’s getting close. Come mid-August we are going to take her to puppy class. This will be an opportunity for me to learn more about dog and clicker training.
The horses are all doing very well. We are still working on Tyra’s saddle fit problem, but we’re closing in on it. Mr. Tinni is 31 and looking very good. The goats are fine although Buckwheat is getting fat. And every so often Thelma or Louise lay an egg.
I recently lamented about the fact that I didn’t have anyone to ride or talk horses with. This is changing. My friend Terri, who’s horse is in California, has been coming over regularly. I have my fingers crossed that she will continue to come over when she gets back.
And today, I taught a class over at Saddle Up Arena. The four students are trail riders and very committed to becoming better riders. The lesson started out in a very formal fashion, with everyone learning in lock step about breathing. Then things fell apart in a good way. I began to see that everyone had differing concerns and began addressing them – using obstacles, poles, cones, targets included. What I learned was, most importantly, keep things fun.
I have my fingers crossed that all four will continue to take lessons with me and that we start trail riding together in the not so distant future.
So yeah, I am the woman who has everything. And I am not going to add the word almost.
Next: 213. 3/3/20: Ryder has a Conversation with Shadow