Just look at how often I've recently posted on this blog and you can see the tale of someone who would love to have more time to write but can barely find a moment to herself.
I met with Rach a few days ago. And just like the good friend she is, she listened as I laid it all out. I shared my frustrations about not getting up to ride and uncertainty about which direction Elvis and I should take. I asked for her collaboration in helping Elvis and I down our future road.
Together we formulated a plan. With Rach's assistance we will start exposing Elvis to various environments including sorting (yipee!), roping (which he proved to be a natural at last spring), trails and shows. Rach will help me out by putting rides on Elvis, alleviating my frustration of not getting up to ride as often. She will work on his top line and expose him to ponying other horses, standing tied quietly, etc. She will take those first rides when we try various disciplines (after all I AM 50+).
Elvis is going into training, will get ridden more often and exposed to various environments. I will continue taking lessons and with Rach's guidance further my skills. Elvis, Rach and I will try out various disciplines and see what fits best. Happy sigh...my world has fallen back into place again.