Part I here.
This was a busy and not very productive month, at least not as far as riding went. I went to an enormous taekwondo tournament, got in with my current job, and did a summer course so that I could graduate in 2014. Started getting back into the "fitness thing".
I worked on saddle fit... fun, fun. And made a whole of improvement in the riding area, about half of it bareback and half in my Wintec. I learned quite a bit, and my goals analysis was probably the best it had been so far! Successful month!
I was back in school, plus working (first time working a real job alongside being a full-time student), so I had to figure out my time. We had a few good rides, and then it rained and rained and rained. I sold my Wintec saddle and started hunting for a new one. I finally found another one at the end of the month and made the purchase. Also started piano lessons again.
I failed at Twopointober. o.O My very first leather saddle arrived and I got to ride more again. I had a meltdown about horse ownership and then sort of recovered from that. Along with three of my friends, I attended The Future of Horsemanship tour put on by Parelli. You can read about it here and here and here. We had more than a few good rides and my balance and strength improved a lot! Lady started feeling better - she had her 17th birthday! October was also my best blogging month ever - I had 22 posts!
I started working with the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas on their Christmas show, which meant driving to Dallas several times a week for late night rehearsals. Crazy times. I rode as much as I could around the insanity of my school/work/show schedule. Took my first solo road trip (with younger brother along) and went to my first horse races!
I bought way too many books this month... broke the bank with Christmas presents... and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Music! My debut novel was published and I finished up my first paid musical gig (see Pocket Sandwich above). I resigned myself to the fact that my most recent saddle purchase was not going to work out after all, and made the decision to sell it and find a new one (which is arriving this weekend). Lady and I celebrated 7 years together and my control over my lower leg improved greatly. :)