Tapped Out

It hasn’t been a very hospitable few weeks here in the Midwest.  I don’t want to complain, because I know some people had it much worse!  Not to mention the fact that I didn’t really have to do anything outside if didn’t want to.  I know lots of people’s jobs take them out in the bitter cold.

Anyway, after two weeks off, I finally got my act together, left my toddler with chicken nuggets by the arena door, and hopped on my trusted red horse to take a little hack yesterday.  Things I immediately noticed were:

  1. Thank god the new place’s mounting block is sturdy and tall.
  2. My belly kind of sits on my saddle now (happy 26 weeks to me).
  3. It felt like home!
Enjoying new views.

We only did a little walk and trot since both of us had had some time off, but it felt amazing to be back in the saddle.  As of recently I have ‘tapped out’ of true lessons for the time being.  I’m kind of awkward and uncomfortable at this point in the pregnancy, and I don’t find a 45 minute -1 hour lesson to be the top of my list.  However, I am very much enjoying my wander sessions with the schoolies when they are free.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a few more before I am grounded.

And not that I need my kids to ride, but both will at least know how to behave around horses.  I was so proud that my two year old sat quietly-ish and ate her dinner while I had the chance to ride.  As a reward we traded spots and I led her around on big red after I got off.  She of course, wanted to hold his mane and cluck, cluck, cluck at him.  Her grandparent’s horses are very keen on the clucking/moving faster.  Big red pretty much just lumbered on, not impressed by her attempts.  Welcome to hunters sweetheart lol.

Anyway, I’ve had a good run, and I’m trying to approach each ride with the attitude that it could be my last outing until baby gets here.  And that’s okay.  I have a whole spring to dream up what comes next.

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9 thoughts on “Tapped Out”

  1. I think you are smart just having fun and taking each ride as it comes. For example when it is that cold, no reason to ride whether you are pregnant or not. And KUDOS to you for having well behaved kids. How cute she was clucking! HA…..

    It is cool you get to hop on and just meander around. Sounds like the best of both worlds! Enjoy! 🙂

    1. Haha, thank you! She was great last night, we’ve had a few rough days along the way, but we try 🙂

      I’m pretty sure the whole barn was “grounded” during that cold streak – so nasty!

    1. She knows if she isn’t barn friendly then there are no more outings there! No reason she gets to ruin everyone else’s ride.

  2. That’s awesome that you can plant your little one with some food and enjoy a ride! And riding at 26 weeks to boot! You’re superwoman, I’m pretty sure. =)

    1. Haha, aw thank you! I’m sure trying! And yes, so far food is the bribery needed (and promised rides) so I hope that continues!

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