The working year is over for me, and it’s been a pretty good one. Not necessarily what I anticipated at the beginning of 2017, but there have been many highlights.
A couple of clients have moved onto new horses and I’m thoroughly enjoying helping them develop a relationship and succeed with their new partner. There have been new clients, who have made huge progress and I’m excited to see how they progress in the next few months. Riding wise, whilst I’ve not done much in the way of competing, I feel that all the horses I’ve schooled and worked with have come on in leaps and bounds, in their jumping, flatwork and hacking. There have been lots of firsts for clients: first one day event, first pony club camp, first showjumping competitions, etc and it’s been very exciting to support them.
The last couple of months I’ve been transitioning from what was my normal busy work load and routine, reducing my hours in the saddle and increasing the amount of lunging and groundwork I’ve been doing. Now, I’m about to step into the unknown.
At thirty weeks pregnant I’ve had my last ride for a few months. It feels strange because I’ve never knowingly given up riding for any length of time. There have been injuries stopping me riding for a week or so, but they’re unplanned. I think it’s the right thing stopping now. The baby will do most of it’s growing from now on, which will make physical work harder for me. Besides, I’m going to lose my sense of balance as my centre of gravity changes. Which will make riding harder. I’m riding other people’s horses, so they need to be happy in me riding them, and insurance boxes ticked.
Some people ride until the last weeks of their pregnancy, and I think that it’s a different kettle of fish pottering around on your own horse when you feel able to, and the baby isn’t positioned awkwardly, than riding a couple of horses for clients and providing a quality service. I like to be organised and plan things, so would rather call things a day now than have to let any clients down and not be able to adequately exercise their horse.
So it’s all changing in January, when I’ll still be lunging some horses for clients, continuing to teach my clients as normal, and then work will be tailing off in February as I get ready for my two legged project.
It does feel a bit like I’m stepping into the unknown, and it will take some getting used to, knowing that I’ll be out of the saddle for a while, and I’m not quite sure how I’ll keep myself occupied in my extra hours of free time until March, but I’m sure there will be plenty of jobs for me around the house, and of course Phoenix to work with!
On a side note, today we did some jumping on the lunge and I think she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Take a look at the video below.