There just isn't much to report right now. LOL. Outside of firing yet another farrier...Life is just pretty mundane around here.
Riding, riding, riding.
My last string of rodeos will start this weekend and I'm excited again. It may not last, but I'll take it when I can get it. LOL.
Beretta will finally go to the court of the magnificent Firewater Fooler the first week in May. I have already put in my order for a buckskin filly out of the cross. Beretta and I have discussed my desire for this at length. ;-)
I'm ready to go home though. I miss my husband. I miss...well, pretty much everything by now. It was so good to be home those few days and I hated to leave. I mean, really hated to leave. It's so weird, one moment I am quit content in Arizona and happy to have the luxury of a winter home...and then...I am just done. Each day stretches out for an eternity. I'm literally counting the days til I can go home. Did I mention I miss my husband? I think he is feeling it too. It's all well and good for a little while, we have lived apart the majority of our relationship...but at a certain point...
I was going to wait to start moving horses home until after my last rodeo down here, but I am rethinking that. I may load up my stuff and take 3 horses home before the last rodeo, so that when the last rodeo comes, I can just take the last 4 home in one trip. MH and I will have to come back down, load up his toys, get my little rig and be quit of AZ until next winter.
I hardly know what to do when I do get home though. I haven't decided if I want to pursue rodeoing as strenuously as I tried to last year, or if I just want to hang out and hit the local jackpots. After all of this time and effort to get Frosty going, and Shooter, and Jet...I hate to lose that momentum with them. I guess these last 3 rodeos will tell me if it's worth trying to pursue rodeoing hard or just hit a few here and there and focus on these others. Shooter should be ready to start exhibitioning sometime in June, if he keeps coming along as nicely as he has been. Jet is trying so valiantly to become a good horse, although I have no idea on a time-frame on him. I mean, we have barely gotten a couple lope strides at a time going right now. Which is almost a freaking miracle considering what I started with, but still quite a ways away from where he needs to get too. I am hoping that by July he will be well-broke enough and patterned to the extent that I can exhibition him. Or, maybe that hunter/jumper gal really did like him enough that if he is riding well, he might find a better calling in life. I don't know yet. I'm looking forward to hauling LJ and just riding him around at events....and letting everyone exclaim over what a beautiful horse he is....cause it makes no sense to have one as pretty as him and not show him off, right? :-D
I guess I'd be content either way. If Moon and I can hit a lick...we'll do the rodeo thing. If is still doesn't come together, I'll be plumb happy to stay closer to home and continue to enjoy bringing ALL of my horses along. All that really matters to me anymore is that I am actually enjoying what I do. It was so miserable for so long and I don't want to do that anymore. It really shouldn't be as difficult as it has been. There are always difficulties...tough times and cold patches are the norm in barrel racing...but it shouldn't be a non-stop struggle with one particular horse and I'm simply not going to let it be that way anymore.
Not that I discount the valuableness of the rodeoing I did do last year. There are some places I have no intention of going back to this year and a few places I really liked that I might hit just because they were nice set-ups and there are a few places that I picked out that I always thought it would be cool to say I ran at. Historic type places, ya know. Prescott over the 4th of July for sure this year. :-). Maybe Cheyenne, maybe Pendleton. I mean, there are some really cool rodeos out there and it might be fun to just get in there and make a run, just to say I did...Or so I'll know the ins and the outs for next time.
I've been wanting to hit one of the big jackpots they have at the South Point in Las Vegas for a couple of years now and never have made it to any. But this year, I am going to. I entered the NBHA Las Vegas Super Show at is at the end of May. It's perfect timing. MH is on days off and his birthday is that week...And it's Las Vegas...And barrel racing. It just doesn't get any better than that. (2 thumbs up). After that...the rest of the year is just 'let's see how it goes'...And I am completely happy with that.