Blah. Life. I have to remember to count my blessings and be thankful. And breathe deep.
How do you release stress when life is handing out sucker punches? I can't go into detail but I'm tired. Bone weary. I need to let go of the weight of yesterday so I can carry the load of today. And quit borrowing trouble for tomorrow...
Yesterday I didn't ride. I'm still dealing with a lot of head congestion and now my left ear is humming constantly. A bass note in your ear all day has a definite effect on a person's psyche.
Today I was still a bit dizzy and clumsy, so I opted not to ride again. Instead I practiced trailer loading my 3 redheads into the new trailer. They all seemed bothered by the windows on the butt side of the trailer. I think they're lower than the old trailer so they can see out and they feel threatened. Tonka loaded well but shot out every time I asked him to back out. So we kept at it until he went slowly. Bella did really well until I closed the divider on her, then she looked like she might try to crawl under it. So I opened it back up and petted her a lot and repeated several times. Scout kept trying to step into my space. I'm a stickler for making them hug the wall as they load, not walk down the center of the trailer and certainly not on my side. I want to keep myself safe, even my toes need lots of space in there. So we backed out and started over a fair amount and until he kept on his side.
I didn't spend a whole lot of time out there, including hitching up and catching them all. So they all did what was needed in a timely fashion. I'd like to practice some more just to get them more comfortable. And I need to get a welder to fix the dividers. They're not at enough of a slant, my horses are just a hair too long, so I want to add some more pin receivers to make the slant more slanted. Luckily the dividers are adjustable in length. I also want to cut off the rings that are there to attach a corner feeder. They're a little sharp and Tonka skinned his head. Poor guy. I wouldn't mind being able to feed them grain in there but I'd have to find a different way to do it. maybe have some rounded chain-link shaped attachments welded on to hold the feeders. Feeders which I don't have anyway so it gives me one more thing to add to my list of things to spend money on for the horses... :)