A Whirlwind | Ax (and life) Update

How many times can I say “I’m back!” before I become the blogger who cried wolf? Part of being a blogger means having to write around real life things like work and riding or adult things like grocery shopping. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, real life has been pretty busy lately, leaving me with just enough time to go to bed at a semi-reasonable hour and zero time to sit down to write a post.

Ax’s forever-habbing is continuing on, though it does feel like it may be coming to a close in the near future. At some point rehabbing just turns into restarting things we used to do all the time, right?

In late March, we made a trip to a local-ish beach where he spent a majority of the time spooking at waves and being utterly terrified of kites (which, to be fair, when flown by running children are genuinely very scary). He seems to forget that he lived on an island on three separate occasions and that we often rode to the beach, but at least I didn’t end up in the sand.

A few weeks later, we finally got clearance to jump small courses again. It took a little over 16 months, so I’m not sure who is happier: me or him. Once the outdoor was thawed enough to be rideable, which wasn’t until early April, we popped over a small cross-rail line at the canter and a little vertical for the first time since the Mystery Lameness. As expected, there was quite a bit of sass that came with it, but he was relatively well behaved and I was over the moon.

In terms of my life, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Kentucky recently…and it looks like I will be spending more there in the future as I’ve accepted a position at the United States Hunter Jumper Association. After spending four days in Lexington covering the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, I went back to the horse park the following Monday to start at USHJA before flying back to Massachusetts to live the work from home life. Now, instead of battling morning traffic, I battle my cat who loves to sit on my keyboard.

To say life has been a busy would be putting it politely—it has been a dang
whirlwind. But we grab a coffee (or a bottle of wine), carry on, and blog when we can.

-TC

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