Farewell, 2017!


Shadowland
On this last day of 2017, the snow is squeaky cold underfoot and the air is as sharp and clear as a knife.  Here’s to a warmer 2018!
Hunting this spring
Hunting this spring near Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by. That Freedom is nearly 20. That I’ve had Zelda for almost 5 years. That I still look forward to riding every, possible day.

Looking back at 2017, there are a few things I wish I could do over:

  • I would have liked to get to the bottom of Freedom’s hind end lameness sooner. When the SI injections didn’t make a difference, I wish I’d done a full workup right away. I feel like I don’t have that much time left with him and I’d like him to be as comfortable as possible.
  • I wish I’d taken more field trips. Ridden in new places. Jumped more cross country fences.
  • My novel (equestrian themed) took a back seat to paid work. I wish I’d made more progress on it. I’m hoping that in 2018 I can manage my time better.

There are a lot of moments I’d like to hold onto as well:

  • memorable ride
    Certain rides stay with you long after they end.

    Watching the seasons unfold from the back of a horse. From the first sprigs of green to the magnificent fall foliage, everything looks better when you’re riding.

  • The thrill of the hunt. This year made a bit sweeter by the fact that my hunt season was limited by outside circumstances. That made the hunts I made all the more special.
  • The lazy trail rides in the summer, right before the flies came out.

Mostly, though, I’d like time to pass just a little more slowly so I could fit a few more things in . . . and savor the things that I enjoy.

 

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