My life is pretty boring. So, I haven't had much to write about lately. Granite has just begun week 3 of training and has had 7 rides. He is currently learning to trot under-saddle and practicing the concept of steering. I've pretty much let BO/Kindergarten Teacher, Becky, take the literal and proverbial reins. She told me that she would let me know when it was time for my first "lesson" on him and from then I could start practicing concepts that he understands in between training rides. It sounds like he is doing well, but is having some difficulties with the impulsion concept. I think this is because he is still unsure about where to put his feet. I think this is generally due to his immaturity and size-- at least I hope. We will see how he progresses, Becky doesn't seem to be concerned.
Well, thats honestly about all I have in the way of updates. I go visit the man about 6 days a week and groom him and tell him that he is amazing, and I let the pros handle the rest. In the mean time, I'm running my butt off. Literally. I've only lost about 6lb at this point, but have lost a couple of inches in my waist and hips :) I'm running an average of 5 days a week for about 3 miles a day (give or take depending on the day). I'm feeling really strong and ran my best 5K time yet this afternoon! So, my hope is that all of this work will give me a stronger core and better balance to ride Granite with as little interference as possible. I'm also hoping that by the time Granite is ready (and I have the $-- which could be a looong time) to enter the 'A' circuit, I will weigh a bit less. The hunter judges tend to be pretty rough on overweight riders.
This month will be crazy (mainly on the financial front). I have 3 close friends with birthdays this week. Mother's Day and my grandfather's birthday is on Sunday. I have bukoos of friends (from my grad program) graduating on Friday of next week and a good friend graduating about 3 hours away with her BA (I'm traveling to watch her walk!). Thennn, my college roomie (all 4 years)/ close High School friend gets married at the end of the month on the beach. Phewww, and Granite needed fly spray and wound dressing this week. I am ALWAYS broke. It sucks. A lot. PS-- everyone from high school seems to be engaged or married. I? Haven't been on a date in approx 10 months. UGH... At least my big handsome white knight (Granite) loves me!!