Seth says Jedi is napping by the wood-burning stove, and Leslie’s got the horses and guinea pigs taken care of, and I’m about to hit the sack, and I realized that I needed the ritual of horseblogging to relax enough to get to sleep.
I’m out here in Raleigh for my day job and I don’t even have time to set up a lesson with Mariah, one of the up-and-coming, soon-to-be-a-Parelli-Professional young women I met in the Savvy Club forum. She lives around here somewhere and I’d love to meet her … ah well, next trip, when I’m here out of my own travel funds and not on the client’s budget.
This will be the longest time away from my horses since January. I’ve truly become a homebody. I used to commute six hours each way, between home base and client sites, staying for a week at a time, and not think much of it. One year I did the math and discovered I lived in Los Angeles about 65% of the time and San Francisco about 30% of the time and on the road in other cities the other 5%. The San Francisco was mostly ‘day job’ client work and the rest was mostly conferences, media appearances, book readings, and speaking engagements related to my column and books.
How far away that life seems now, though I have not let the brand die out entirely, and have lately been feeling the bug to get back to it. It’s been more than a year since I replaced my column with horsemanship, and I’ve kept my promise not to pitch any books in 2009 (though I have two proposals in the works for 2010, yikes).
Jan and I played with Salsa and needle simulations on Sunday and he did spectacularly. He was way more interested in the cookies than in the toothpick, and I was able to poke him all over both sides of his neck (to simulate intramuscular injections and intravenous injections). At first I took the toothpick away when he bent his nose to me, but by the end I was leaving it there and letting him find his own relaxation response. Except he didn’t entirely relax because he was too busy gobbling cookies and demanding more.
Hopefully he will have no problem with the equine dentist when Erin brings him to his appointment.