Since I’ve last written I have been to Kentucky and back exactly 5 times…..in 6 days.
Jeff’s grandma passed away on Monday, August 6th. Not knowing how things were going to be scheduled, I left my lesson on the books for Thursday at 11am in Lexington. When we finally found out the schedule for the viewing and funeral, I decided that it was possible to still make my lesson. Under normal circumstances I would have dropped the lesson immediately and rescheduled, but knowing what was waiting for me on September 1st, I opted to make it work.
By 6:45am Gus was bathed. I was slightly worried, however, because his back was really sensitive to the water and scrubbing. I just hoped that he wasn’t too sore to jump. By 7am he was booted and in the trailer on the way to Lexington. I arrived in time to put in studs and make my way up the hill to the jump field. I had a fantastic lesson, and we were back on the highway by 1pm. I pulled in to my driveway a little after 3, threw Gus out of the trailer, mudded and wrapped his legs, and ran up to the house for a shower and a quick change of clothing. By 4:30pm I was showered and in dress clothes. We dropped the kids off at my mom’s house and headed back down 75 south to Kentucky for the viewing. After the viewing ended, we went back to my mom’s to pick up the kids. We were home at around 10:30pm. The kids were bathed and in bed around 11pm.
We were back on the road to Kentucky the next morning by 8am. I left Jessica at home to ride my two boys since Gus couldn’t afford the day off and McKinley had a show on Sunday. The funeral went well, and it ended up being a beautiful day. We ate lunch at the church, and were back at home around 2pm…….just in time to meet Dr. Miller at the barn. Dr. Miller flexed Gus and determined that the back soreness was related to muscles and not his hocks. He didn’t feel the need to do hock injections, but went ahead and gave him injections of “p-block” and camphor in his back and also an adequan injection to help keep his joints lubricated. I was supposed to give him the weekend off and start back again Monday. I was looking forward to his 2 days off!
At 5pm my kids were supposed to go to my mom’s for a slumber party. My sister was in town, and she wanted to visit with them for the night. Jeff and I dropped the kids off at my mom’s house, and then he took me out to dinner at “El Toro”. I was turning 40 the next day, and although he already took me to Columbus for a “pre-birthday ” night out the week before, we were celebrating the occasion with some dinner and ice cream…………or so I thought.
We ate our dinner and decided to go for a walk at the reserve. After our walk we thought ice cream at the dairy shed was the perfect ending to a crazy day. Jeff forgot his sunglasses at the restaurant and dropped me off at the door to pick them up at the cashier’s counter. When I went in to pick them up Jeff parked the car and walked up to the door. It was at that moment I realized he was up to no good. He smiled and we ended up in the bar area with a bunch of people yelling “Happy Birthday!”
I had a great time visiting with friends and family—except for the part where they put a sombrero on my head and sang to me—- until we had to go. We got home and in bed at about midnight. My night ended then, but for some people the night was just beginning!
IN THE WEE HOURS OF SATURDAY MORNING
As I slept like a rock in my bed, several others were sticking 400 forks into my front yard, hanging “honk, Joy is 40” signs on my front fence, draping streamers in my trees, and putting globs of crisco all over my grass. As if that wasn’t enough fun, all of my horses were put into different barns/stalls, my grain cans were missing, my tools were rearranged, and I had a fake lizard hiding in my grain bin.
What a fantastic way to start my birthday!! Let’s just say that feeding horses on Saturday morning has never been so interesting!
We watched some olympics and went to pick the kids up from my mom’s house. I ended up taking Jessica and Aragon to the reserve with me and McKinley later that afternoon to run them through the creek. We had a show the next day, and we were both slightly concerned about our horses getting through the water complex at Masterson Station. It was the first time I had taken McKinley out on a trail ride, and I was very pleased with how he behaved himself.
We all went to bed early that night. My alarm was set for 3am Sunday morning.
By 4am we were feeding horses and doing water. By 5 am we had 5 horses in the trailers and were headed back down 75 south toward Lexington. Ike, Cavalier, McKinley, Aragon, and Quinn all did well at the show. It was a crazy day with 2 cross country course walks, 2 stadium walks, and 14 rides between the hours of 8am and 3pm.
We were back on the highway. We pulled into our driveway by 7:30pm where we wrapped legs, emptied trailers, and fed horses. I told everyone that I didn’t want to see them until 9:30am Monday.
Monday started with a trip to the Tacky horse to buy a new bit, 1/2 chaps, and spurs. Gus was great for his ride, and his back was perfect. McKinley was exhausted after his big show Sunday and was happy to have his day off.
I was up at 6am this morning. Gus was bathed, booted, and in the trailer by 7am. We were back on the road to Kentucky…..this time to Flying Cross Farm for our cross country lesson at 10:30. The lesson was great! The rubber bit made a dramatic difference in how Gus carries himself through the trickier combinations. The spurs were a nice addition and helped with the new “aggressive” ride I am supposed to give him.
Gus was mudded, wrapped, and back on the highway by 12:30pm. I got home in time to unload Gus, unhook the trailer, pick up Kate and Wade, feed horses, and have Wade to soccer practice by 5pm.
The good news is that I WILL NOT BE GOING TO KENTUCKY UNTIL MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK!!!!!! I will have a stadium lesson Monday, and then I will have one more lesson the week of my show. September 1st is coming soon!