The lead up to April 15th for a tax manager at a regional firm is something I would have never imagined when I was younger. Honestly I have no idea how I get through it, it just happens. You just get to the point where you spend every minute you don’t need to spend doing something else working. I did achieve one almost 90 hour week and one 90 plus hour week. I worked until 11:30 PM the night of the 14th, and had almost 40 hours in at the end of the day on the 15th.
I definitely could not have made it through without my amazing husband helping to take care of all of the furkids for me. He spent nights picking hooves, taking ponies for walks, and standing around outside so they could graze after working all day and taking care of the three dogs. I also want to thank all of my friends who took the time to ride Mr P for me when I couldn’t, took the boys out to graze when I was working on the weekend, and watched out for them while I was away. I honestly would have gone crazy if I didn’t have such a great support system to make sure my boys were staying as happy and healthy as possible (I’ve heard they weren’t happy I wasn’t there at my usual times!) while their mom was away.
Now I have moved into recovery mode – I’ve gotten my hair cut, gotten a massage, and have ridden both of the boys. We all seem to have survived another tax season, and now we can move on to some more fun stuff!
Now on to pictures of the stars of the show!
The other night Stampede really showed how much he has grown up. It used to be that if there was a deer in the field and Stampede was in the ring you see off in the distance above he went crazy because he was just so scared. Eight deer were moving across the field and I let him stop to watch. They passed about 20 feet away from him (some stopping to stare at him for a minute!) and headed into the woods. He just stood and watched them then continued on like nothing scary happened. Such a good boy.
Then I took this cute picture of Jessica riding Bijou, so including it too!
Today I rode Stampy in the ring then cooled out in the field. The temp was in the 60’s and the boy managed to get sweaty. I hosed him off then grazed him for a while. It’s nice to finally not be frozen, although we do have some lows in the 30’s the next few days.
Stampy heads to MSU on Wednesday to get his back injected again, which I’m really happy about. He’s definitely got a bit of soreness, and since it gets worse with jumping we’re just going to flat and take it easy until he is all fixed up.
Last picture is my attempt at a panorama at the barn while sitting on Mr P who wasn’t holding very still but I think it still looks neat.
Hopefully I can avoid the rain and have a nice field ride on P tomorrow then hang out with the husband the rest of the time.