So, I woke up this morning to an email from Celia at Stones Throw Farm telling me that Julie is getting an A+ so far! She very quickly learned to lunge, and is now lunging at the walk, trot, and canter wearing a bit and a surcingle. Go little girl, go!
Celia said that she put the western saddle on her for the first time yesterday and walked her around in it (don't worry sweetie, your saddles will be much lighter in the future!). I think that means that we're getting closer to having a person in that saddle... all very exciting. So far Celia says things are going great, and she hopes that all her young ones are that easy this year! (That seems like a really good sign!)
I am cautiously optimistic about this whole thing, praying that she will continue to be quiet and good so that I will be able to ride her myself for at least the first year or so. When given the chance, I spiral into a frenzy of anxiety that goes something like this: what I will do if she's not easy enough for me to ride and I have to put her in full training with Alicia... since I'm not sure how I'll afford that and still compete with Tucker... which then leads me to wonder how I'm ever going to afford two horses showing and training... but that's a few years down the road so maybe by then I will have figured it out? Hopefully? (But how?) My plan was always that I'd continue getting paid more so that by the time Jules was ready to horse show, I'd have the extra funds... but then of course the economy crashed, and salaries froze, and I moved to a smaller firm, and now I'm going to be the little old lady that lives in her horse trailer. (Just to give you a taste of what it's like inside my brain sometimes. Sorry if you're all dizzy and a little nauseous now.)
Let's not think about all that right now, shall we? Let's just be happy and thankful that my gorgeous little girl is an A+ student (she gets that from me) and the Wunderkind is a wunderkind, and all that....
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!