So apparently I've been a bad blogger and a bad horse mommy. I saw Gossip on August 9 but never wrote about it, and I haven't seen her since. At the rate things are going, I won't see her for a while, either.
The visit on the 9th was more of the same routine... worked on picking up her feet and letting me mess with them, took her out of the field by herself for some tasty food and grooming, and worked a little bit on jogging in hand. Nothing super exciting happened, and of course I enjoyed every minute with her!
Now time has flown by and it's almost moving day. We have a yard sale today, and we leave tomorrow. Gossip is staying where she is for the time being, which means that she's going to be about 2.5 hours away from me. While part of me would love to have her closer, I also realize that she's in the perfect spot where she is, with one of my closest friends looking after her, in her birth herd. It's not like she's rideable and needs to be close to keep up her training, so for now she'll stay and she can come join me once she's a bit older. In the meantime I'll be back for school holidays to see my parents and sisters, and will definitely see and work with her then.
I'm hoping to get back to riding on school horses once we're settled. I've found a coach who I really like and whose training philosophy I agree with, and we've chatted a bit about her finding something for me to ride in lessons or possibly even part-lease. Her barn isn't the closest, but I'm willing to travel for the right instructor. I figure getting back into the barn is a win no matter how you look at it... it's good for my mental health, good for my physical health, and good for networking with horse people who could potentially be clients in the future.