Thursday, August 18, 2011
Never a dull moment at our house. This week has been a wash with the horses--I've been more nurse-maid than trainer-rider, but you know what--that's the reality of life with horses. They're not tools to me--or hobbies--or entertainment--they're part of my family and a way of life. The deal with family is that you take on many different roles with one another. My role this week was back-scratcher, tummy itcher, and militant ear sprayer and mask finder.
I kind of beat myself up about it for a few days...I'm not out there riding them...what kind of owner am I? Then I reminded myself that the last thing they really want is for me to ride them. Riding is my thing, not theirs. At my core, I am a laid back horse owner, but the benefit of this is that I raise laid-back horses.
Part of why I put riding on the back-burner, besides the obvious maladies of the herd, is the upcoming football bbq I'm helping to put together. It's this Saturday in Cheney, WA. It's the first one we've ever done, but hopefully it will continue to be an annual event. There's been a tremendous learning curve, but I think it's going to be a success.
The other reason is that we've started another house project--sunroom (conservatory), deck extension and roof extension. It's something we've wanted to do for a long, long time. Spokane is a cold place to live most of the time, but this room will allow us to be outside anyway...kind of. We're doing all the work ourselves with our boys and yesterday had the foundation poured (picture above).
Bella Vita, and Happy Trails to all of you who are riding right now.