Thursday, November 8, 2012

A few quick updates

We returned from vacation a week and a half ago, just in time for me to plunge headlong into NaNoWriMo, the novel writing challenge I do every November.  Well, technically I am behind on that, too -- not just my blogs and my work -- because I promptly got sick as soon as we got back.  And once I was better, I started spending the majority of my free time (which wasn't much, with my nanny and babysitting work last weekend) at the barn.

I was delighted to find that all of the work I'd done with Panama before I left, getting him to be more responsive to the bit, hadn't gone to waste: Even after not having been ridden for almost two weeks, he still remembered all of it!  Usually he "forgets" everything if I don't ride him for a couple of weeks, and I have to spend our first ride or two reinforcing basic rules such as letting me steer and not cutting corners in the arena.  Not the case at all this time!  I've been riding much more frequently since summer ended (and with it my crazy schedule), and clearly that extra work has paid off.

I'm not really riding Rondo yet, though my trainer is riding him once a week.  He has been an ordeal this summer, through no fault of his own.  Eventually I will bring myself to write about it.  Right now, he is under saddle but still full of baby shenanigans, and I just don't feel comfortable dealing with it by myself just yet.  I am going to start out by just riding him while my trainer is present, until I've gained a little more confidence in him.

The kitten, whom we've named Izzy or Isabel, is growing like a weed, and is happy and healthy.  We are still keeping her separated from the other pets for the most part, although she is allowed supervised playtime now with our male cat (who is only 3 and still playful -- the other cat, an older female, isn't interested) and, occasionally, the dogs.  Her mom (we assume) has been spotted at the barn from time to time since we caught Izzy, but so far we haven't had any luck catching her, too.

All is well, in other words, even though I've been really busy -- too busy to update my blog much, and even sometimes too busy to ride as often as I would like, though lately riding is the last thing to be sacrificed!



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