Hey there! First, I want to apologize for falling off the face of the earth… I have been taking some time to focus on Cash, enjoy life, spend time with friends, family, and alone. I’ve taken time to reorganize and prioritize my goals with Cash.
From May to date, Cash I have covered 323 miles! We joined the Ohio Horseman’s Council and will be tracking our miles next year to compete with other members in the club. During our off season I will be restarting Cash using Clinton Anderson’s methods. We are about two weeks in already making progress! We will also be participating in the Horsemanship Challenge again in 2021! It will be a great way to kick off the new year together.
One of our major goals in 2021 will be to complete our first LD (limited distance) endurance ride. From the research I’ve done so far, I understand Cash and I will have 6 hours to finish 25 miles. It’s an ambitious goal, but I truly believe Cash can do it despite his age! We have from now until July to be ready.
In September I ordered Cash a brand new Tucker trail saddle. After having a saddle fitter out to check the fit of the borrowed saddle I was using with the same tree, I discovered while it was a decent fit, it wasn’t the best. I cancelled my order and started the lengthy process of having a semi-custom saddle made! It’s very exciting, but I’m definitely ready to get back to riding in a new saddle. After having my saddle fitter (who is also Cash’s chiro) do some body work, I stopped using my saddle altogether. I’ve been focusing on bettering my bareback skills and improving our groundwork communication. I’m hoping it will help start our next trail season off even stronger!
I made the decision to move Cash down the road to a friends house for the winter. I absolutely loved having Cash at my parents, but their setup with the cows wasn’t the best for a horse in the winter time. Cash is now stabled his Flash, the little black and white paint that was my horse for a short time many years ago! We have access to an outdoor arena and round pen, along with a small sandy area in the barn to work in. Cash will also have better winter turnout. It was a bit of an adjustment, but we quickly settled into a new routine that I like very much!
As for my rope halters, I completely stopped making them and taking any orders for the time being. My life is too busy to enjoy making them at the moment. My hobby had turned into an added life stressor. I decided it was best to eliminate it rather than add more to my already full plate. This is also part of the reason I stopped writing for my blog.
To add to life’s stresses and excitement, my husband and I have started looking for our next and forever home. Wish us luck as we hunt for the perfect property – complete with a beautiful house, a barn, and enough acreage for Cash to live comfortably.
I know this is shorter, and choppier than my usual blog posts, but this is what I have to offer for the time being. I’m hoping 2021 will bring many good changes, including some more free time to get back to blogging.
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. “-Anne Frank
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!
Cash and Alli