Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Day on the Job

I have committed a serious blogger faux pas--I started my new and pretty danged awesome job this morning and I took no pictures. Oops.

Also, I tried Izzy's old winter blanket that she hasn't worn since she was 5 on her last night. It barely buckled and her tummy hung out below it. Awesome. Unfortunately, it was also stupid cold last night, so she had to wear it anyways. Again, no pictures.

So here's the basic rundown. It was 22f this morning (ack!! cold!), so I didn't even have to be at the barn until 8.30am. Whoa, way late. I even got dinner in the slow cooker and housework done before I left. We started out by setting a full jump course in the upper arena. That is a quick way to warm up--solid wood poles and standards are heavy.

After that, I got to move tack trunks around (whee!) and alternately turn horses out, bring them in, and tack them up for Stephanie to ride. This is like the horse job from heaven--I do not have to clean stalls. As a person who's spent more than half of my life shoveling manure, I really enjoy this perk. Thus far, they have mostly been pleasant, well behaved creatures, so I'm hoping that stays as is as much as possible.

Also, I may be riding an actual horse tomorrow. It's been a really, really long time since I've ridden any horse other than Ms. Mare, so we'll see how that goes.


  1. Sweet!! Although you must do penance for no pictures and provide twice as many pics tomorrow.

  2. Yay for first day of the new job!! Pictures please!

  3. Sounds good to me. I agree about the stall cleaning. Not having that on the agenda makes horsework a lot more pleasant.

  4. Congrats on the successful first day on the job!!

  5. Awesome. Sounds like a great job :)!
    I'll be waiting for those pictures lol.

  6. This is so awesome, and I am so jealous!

    There is nothing better than this to soak up stuff, and you get paid, and no stalls! It's worth it for NO pay.

    Hopefully you'll get lessons on others as well as Izzie, but even doing just trot and gallop sets on lots of horses teaches you so much, not to mention the fitness and just plain fun aspects.

    And in the dreamy tack you mention in the other post? Sounds fun and dangerous (to your wallet)!


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