Back in April when it was announced that everyone would get an automatic extension of the payment deadline for any tax returns due April 15th and after to July 15th I certainly didn’t understand what that meant for me. I mean in some ways it sounds nice right? Avoid those 70-80 hour work weeks and have more time to get the returns done.
Instead, I took my first day off of the year on July 17th. While July 3rd was a work holiday, I worked anyways. It was hard to get information from clients, and everything just seemed to drag on. Then clients were upset because not only did they have to pay their 2019 tax due, but their 1st and 2nd quarter estimated tax as well. Ouch. Nevermind the clients whose financial situations are difficult because of COVID but still had balances due to pay.
Lastly, it meant that there was a larger variety of returns due on the same date. More work to do really. It has left me quite drained. Thankfully, I am in the middle of a week and a half off and I hope to spend it catching up on sleep and doing some of the things I enjoy doing. I wish I was going on a real vacation, but I’ll take some time to myself happily!
As for the ponies, I’ll do a quick update on each:
I have contacted a dental specialist vet who is coming August 17th to see if we can figure out what is causing pain when Phoenix’s chews hay. In the meantime, I had borrowed a friend’s Spectra laser and poll wrap which definitely helps so I bought my own. It’s not 100% but cuts down on his quidding a lot.
Otherwise, P is doing well and quite happy. He always thrives on summer grass, and he and Vinny are great buddies.
It’s amazing thinking of all the ways Vinny has changed since my last post. He now wears a fly sheet, fly boots, and allows me to fly spray him daily with no concerns. He also rarely spooks when I drop cross ties now.
Vinny has turned from a fearful pony to a more curious one, all while maintaining his enthusiasm for people and their cookies. Currently our main hang up is with hosing, which I plan to really work on more now that I’m working less. I think I will start with a sponge bath first though. He is fine with excessive spray bottle use with water, lol.
Vinny now has his own about tab too. 🙂
Ernie felt great coming back into our work after his couple months of 3 times a week easy flatwork with my trainer. I was a bit nervous when we first started jumping again, particularly knowing he hadn’t been jumped in a while and I had never jumped him outside. Ernie quickly proved that I was crazy to be concerned and has been helping me build my confidence ever since.
I can’t easily explain how nice it is to have a partner who forgives my mistakes and just really wants to do his job well. In that way Ernie reminds me so much of Phoenix. Both of them just really want to please their person, and I’m so lucky to get to be around horses like that.
There was a schooling show at the barn back in June, so here is a video of one of our rounds from that.
We did a couple horse shows recently (one at the barn and one off property this past weekend), but I will save those for separate posts. I suppose I should also out myself since many of you do follow me on social media and know, but…
Ernie is now a member of the family!
I’ll provide more details on my decision making process and the craziest PPE experience I’ve had at some point here.
Whew, feels good to be back and free from the chains of tax season for at least a few weeks here!