Saturday, November 15, 2008

Two-Week Update

I am so sorry. I've been really, really bad. First of all two weeks ago I came down with a nasty cold. Then a week ago last Friday, my hubby and I took a 4-day weekend to the San Juan Islands (See the picture above). As a result of being sick, eating out four days straight, and still not feeling great, I've not achieved any goals, except writing. Plus, I forgot to post my update last Sunday. I've only ridden twice in two weeks, and I couldn't muster up the energy to reply to any of your comments.

I promise you, this is so out of character for me. Usually when I decide to do something, I go
after it with single-minded dedication. So starting tomorrow, I'm going to rededicate myself to this weight loss thing and to my riding.

I did write 32 pages last week, not bad considering that I felt too lousy to write for a few days.

BTW, I'm want to say hi to the two people from my area who posted that they were at the Buck clinic a few weeks ago. It's really fun to find out that we have readers nearby. Maybe next time one of you would like to volunteer to do a guest blog on the clinic? Hint, hint!

I did have a lesson on Thursday. My mare is testing my patience, let me tell you. For as long as I've owned her (10 years), she has had this thing in the winter where she shies consistently in one corner of the arena. Not always the same corner either. This year she's picked two corners that are too scary to go into. Over and over we work on this until at the end of the ride she's not shying. Then, the next day, I get to start al over again. This has been going on for about 2 months this time around. I am truly fed up, but I know losing my temper won't get me anywhere. I'm going to chalk it up to that stubburn German breeding. My trainer has a new idea to perhaps cure her. I'm going to give it a shot this week. I'll let you know if it works.


HorsesAndTurbos said...

Jamie, it has nothing to do with mare also picks is in the very same place in her pasture that she will have been grazing at right before the ride! Ironically, it's where she spook/dumped me about two months ago....

I really think we anticipate the spook, and they respond accordingly. Silly horses! Silly riders!


Jami Davenport said...

You're probably right, but being married to a stubborn German man, I can see their personality similarites. (Don't tell my husband I just compared him to a horse.)

mugwump said...

we used to call them "ghost corners" whooooo

Anonymous said...

Jami, I sympathise. My 28 year old horse, Gunner, who is now retired, will spook at invisible ghosties as I get him out of his pen to go graze. I mean, go figure. He wants to get out and graze; he knows that's where he's going, and he still spooks at stuff (!) He is and always was the biggest spook I have ever ridden or been around. It can be really frustrating.

LatigoLiz said...

Hang in there with that crud. Had it back in September/October and it was a pain to get through/over.

Next time you go to a clinic, please say hi. I’ll be one of the few on an Arab. I did get a mini-report done on my blog last week and will probably share other revelations from those 4 days in the coming weeks and months of winter.