This week, a few big milestones have happened in my life, the life of my mare, and the life of my moste beloved blog. First of all, my baby sister graduated today from college, which was an enormous deal and makes me feel REALLY old. She is off to grad school to pursue a career in public relations at good old Michigan State (where my parents, and aunties, and uncles allllll went), which makes me the only member of the family not to pursue higher education beyond college. I have absolutely no interest in grad school and know the direction my life is heading in (and am very happy with it), so all is fine with that, but still, it's wild to think about. My baby sister! How!
In terms of the life of this blog, Eventing-A-Gogo has just reached its 300th post! I can't believe it! I've been spinning you mare's tales for exactly a year and a half now, and those of you following the whole way have seen us reach the very top and hit the very bottom. Ups, downs, happiness, sadness, you've been right there with me through it all, and you've offered your unconditional support and love the whole way. Thank you readers. It just wouldn't be the same without you. 191 of you, and the number is still rising every day!
Lastly, and most importantly, I got back on Gogo on Thursday!!!! Words can't describe how GOOD it feels to be up on her back on her again, even if we're just walking for the moment. All we're doing for the next week is walking for 30 minutes on a long/loose rein and adding 5 minutes of work on contact at the very end of it, but hey, that is something. I've been giving her 1/2cc of Ace for each ride because at this point I can just NOT take chances. I will NOT risk her spooking, leaping, and reinjuring herself. I can't rely on drugs forever, nor is it really a good idea to administer them long term (not to mention they won't take effect after awhile if I give them every day), but I have to start this way. I'm not just going to risk it. It's not worth it. It's really not.
That being said, she's been a total angel! (Drugs will do that to you!)
We'll be doing our half-hour long rein walk with 5 minutes of connected work this week, then will tack 5 minutes per week onto that for the next four weeks. And then.... we trot!!
The very special Ridgeway weekend
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