Honestly, California has been great in so many ways. May has adjusted fabulously well, and everyone at the new barn has been incredibly friendly and accommodating. During an after-ride hack on Saturday, I even noticed that May has gotten pretty shiny, despite her winter coat almost grown in.
Since my last post, I took a jumping lesson where May was hoof-perfect and we cruised around a 2’3″ – 2’6″ course including a one stride line. She felt great, and I felt pretty confident too. Last week, May got her first California-style pro ride, and she… pretended she knew absolutely nothing. Oh well, they worked through it, and she felt WONDERFUL for our next ride.
So why haven’t I been blogging about these great and fun things?
I’m not entirely sure. Part of it is definitely struggling with my new schedule. I work 5AM – 2PM PST, so while I can get to the barn early (yay! because it gets dark here SO EARLY), it also means that I am in bed by 7:30PM most nights. Moving into a new house, cleaning, and getting settled into it has taken up so much of my mental power and energy that riding really has fallen more by the wayside. I’ve been struggling to get up to the barn even 3 days a week when I really need to be there at least 4 days to keep May in a good schedule.
I’m trying to be gracious with myself. May is doing great (shiny and fat on just a lot of forage). Lessons have been fun and productive. Exploring the area has been a ton of fun. But part of me is also really struggling with prioritizing it all right now. I keep telling myself that after Thanksgiving, things will fall into more of a status-quo, but part of me just wants to take that time to sleep haha.
So blogger friends, how do you pull yourself out a rut and get back to it?