More on Writing ~

I've been riding more than writing lately -- which is both good and bad.

We've been to a couple of events which I haven't posted about yet, so here it is. A miserable endurance ride over Easter weekend ~ my fault mostly for being over-confident and under-prepared ~ but we were out riding in the worst of the spring storms and simply decided enough was enough. I hate that we had to pull, but we'll ride another day. A couple of weeks later, Miree and I went to another CMSA Shoot and again, she did her typical good-hearted baby-best. Our times are slow, but that's still ok at this point. We placed 2nd(tied), 4th, 4th, and 3rd out of four for an overall dead-last. Not where I'd prefer to place, but I know she's doing a great job for her age and level of training and I know that by bringing her along slowly I'll have a better horse over the long term.

Otherwise, ...*looks at date of last post* *blush* It's not that I've had nothing to write about, but that my mind has been going in so many directions it's been a little hard for me to focus. The weather here has been awful and raining -- so I should have plenty of time to write -- but I've been worrying over several different projects rather then moving forward on any particular one and while that is progress, it's not as noticable on the 'outside'.

We're working on (re-) fencing our south pasture when is a pretty major project and coming along slowly. And we're still riding, although the endurance schedule slows down in this part of the world for the summer, we'll shoot at least once a month all summer. Beri is coming back well from her tie-up and will be back on the shooting circuit so I'll alternate her with Miree.

The Reason Why

... I'm reminded time and again that it's all worth it.

... the waiting and watching and the worry. ... the feed bills and the vet and the worry. ... and the dreaming and the worry ...

- but when one is born, you remember there's nothing softer than the feel of brand new fur and nothing sweeter than the smell of their warm milk-breath.

- you have the years of just being together and learning to be friends while learning to halter and lead and get hoof-trimmed and get in the trailer.

- then you have those first short, easy rides. Miree's driving as well, so we've been doing a little of that.

- and then you have the big day when you take them in public for the first time and put a little pressure on, always of course, in front of a crowd.

When one comes through as well as Miree did last weekend, there is no feeling in the world that can compare.

We had a great day her first day shooting. She showed herself to be settled and sane and willing -- and gave a little more with each stage, showing improvement throughout the day -- but more than just a good day, Saturday was both a culmination and a starting point of what I dreamed of when I put her sire and dam together almost five years ago.