I took the dogs walking a fair bit over the course of the month. I have Wednesdays off and try to take at least one of them to one of many local parks every week. I rarely bring my camera any more (I'm trying to enjoy the scenery instead of constantly striving to capture it in images), but I couldn't resist a cell phone photo of the wildflowers at Mercer Meadows.
On the weekend of the 6th, Mike and I drove out to Illinois (13.5 hours away!) for the Lincoln Trail AHA endurance ride. I rode Magic in his first 50, riding alongside my new friend, Aja, who was taking Tessa through her first 50. Our entire crew (two 50's, two 100's, and an LD) all earned completions and top tens. It was an exciting weekend! On the way home, Mike and I stopped to see my friend in Indiana, and she took us for a lovely Sunday drive around town with her Shire horse, Solomon.
I continued to work with Booger three times a week. She can be very frustrating at times, but she is making slow, steady progress. That's all I can ask for right now.
On our way to a lesson with Shadow, Mike and I found a stray dog running in the road. We caught him, and he turned out to be a super friendly, six month old, unneutered male. We weren't in a position to take him home and foster him, so we turned him over to local animal control, where I have a few connections. After a seven day waiting period, in which nobody claimed him, he was neutered, vaccinated, and listed for adoption. A friend of mine is going to look at him this weekend, and I'm hooping she'll bring him home!
Speaking of Shadow, he continues to do well in his weekly lessons. He and his owner have started jumping a little bit, and he is starting to really excel on the flat.
We got some wicked skies this week. I managed to snag a shot of the sunrise off our deck, but missed out on a killer sunset that night when I left the camera in the house while we went out.
Meanwhile, Dancer continues to do well in his new home, and I'm enjoying the photo and video updates on his progress.
I took a month off of competing to treat Ozzy for EPM. The treatment seems to be doing its job and stopping the progression of the disease. Ozzy seems bored without a riding job, but he's otherwise happy and healthy, and doesn't seem to know that anything's amiss. Meanwhile, JR tested negative for Lyme and has basically moved into retirement. He will be staying with us until further notice, but I don't have a horse to ride despite owning two of them!
And just like that, it's October.... see you all at the end of the month!