Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Review Part II

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. :)


  1. Sounds like you had a great year! Congrats on graduating! :D I hope the new saddle works out. Saddle shopping is no fun!

    1. Thank you! I'm pretty happy with everything :D

  2. very cool - sounds like you had a lot of big personal accomplishments in addition to the horsey fun!