I think by far, the best decisions I made regarding Lucy this year were:
-getting her scoped for ulcers, and treating the ones we found aggressively and completely
-cutting her grain in half
-moving her to a barn with ample turnout where I am even more involved in her care
-getting her out and about whenever I could to shows, organized trail rides, the beach, etc
Going month by month, here are the highlights:
January: It snows. A LOT. In fact, I think it snowed every Wednesday for months (right, Lauren?). Good thing Lucy seemed to enjoy trudging around in the snow. Example A. Example B. Example C. Lucy also turned 5, though she could have fooled me because she mostly acted like an unbroke 3yo.
Mice take over the barn. Gunner, Lucy's boyfriend, enjoys eating my water heater. Kenny buys his truck, which will eventually allow us to have lots of fun over the summer with Claire.
March: We enjoy a few really nice trail rides, and then Lucy dumps me in the middle of the trail, drags me a bit, and gallops the 7/10ths of a mile back to the barn...down the middle of a road. Less than a week later, I made myself take her back there for another ride that wasn't quite uneventful, but at least she didn't run away this time. We had a few really fantastic lessons and I felt we made a lot of progress.
April: Lucy was scoped, which revealed ulcers all over her stomach. I felt like a crap owner, but tried to make it up to her with $1200 worth of GastroGard (thank god for horsey insurance). She rapidly makes progress and I begin to have hope that she isn't a total whack job afterall. I also connected with a new friend, someone who knew Lucy in her racing days, and we've remained in touch since then. She would later help me and a friend find the perfect OTTB for my friend. Lucy and I go for an unplanned swim at the beach and I develop a deep hatred for swans. Claire and I drive from Rhode Island to Kentucky to attend Rolex 3DE and we have a BLAST.
May: Lucy throws me into a jump and I do quite a number on my left shoulder. Actually, looking at my entries from May, most of them involve me getting tossed. See? And another.
June: I discovered some long lost trash the dress photos. Claire and I FINALLY have a successful trail ride that doesn't involve me eating dirt. Lucy gets weighed and I discover that she's gained 180lbs since I bought her. I give myself a big pat on the back. Claire and I go on a hunter pace and have a great time!
July: We move to a new barn and Lucy instantly seems much happier. Much, much happier. I do extensive work with Lucy and overcome a lot of her trailering issues. Since she is behaving so well, we get to have some fun together, she gets to model for a photoshoot, and I even take her to her first horse show.
August: Lucy lets me know I made the right choice not becoming a vet. Lauren and I truck out to take a lesson together at a near-by farm thanks to the wonders of Groupon. I discover I have guts, and we spend Hurricane Irene barrel racing in the indoor in an attempt to forget that we have no power for three whole days.
September: Lucy continues to look amazing thanks to all the grass she stuffs her face with daily. We conquer 3', and then soon after, 3'3"! I help my friend begin a horse search at Suffolk Downs.
October: Kenny and I go on a few trail rides together and Cairo gets to come along, too, marking the first successful group trail ride! Lucy and I go on a massive beach ride, and then another hunter pace, where I get the truck stuck in the mud like an idiot. We also go to another show, and I make my first solo truck and trailer adventure to take Lucy to a clinic in Massachusetts. October was a busy month!
November: Lauren, Cassie and I attend Equine Affaire and have a total blast. I have some wonderful rides on Lucy and my saddle pad business really picks up. We conquer 3'6".
December: December was not a great month for me. I got thrown a few times, I got run over by a horse, I got stepped on, and it seems a lot of horses forgot their manners when the weather changed. Lucy did get a little friend, though, so she had a good month.
I hope you have all enjoyed this year's shenanigans, because there sure were a lot of them!