Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life in General

Things change so rapidly.

Just a few weeks ago, I was working full time as a microbiologist and also completing my internship in a laboratory at a hospital.

In a fortuitous twist of fate, the laboratory manager where I was doing my internship attended a meeting and met another director who had an open position.  One thing lead to another and I was finally able to give my two weeks notice at my microbiology job.

I am now working in a laboratory at a medium sized hospital.  It's a novel thing having an eight hour shift.  I've never been able to know when I start and when I end work, so I am having a bit of a difficult time adjusting.  Mostly, I keep forgetting to take my breaks!  One kind worker keeps chastising me and chasing me out to the break room.

More pony time now!  Hurray!

Danny, a Morgan stallion I know
 Chili's leg is still healing up well and the proud flesh has drastically cut down.  We are still aiming at a horse show at the end of July, but we definitely have our work cut out for us.  We need a lot more work with trot to canter transitions.  She keeps trying to throw herself and run into the canter, instead of picking it cleanly up.

My list of things to work on:

  • Quite trying to crouch forward (sit back!) to enable her to sit and carry properly
  • Work on figuring out how to give her more efficient half halts before the canter transition
  • Reinforce my leg with the whip if she is ignoring that aspect of my canter cueing.
Any other suggestions?


  1. Huge congrats on the job!!!!!
    As for tips for canter cue...can you give her a vocal cue or will that be frowned upon showing?

  2. That is fantastic about the job!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! Having a predictable schedule is so amazing! I hate the uncertainty of not knowing. I'm so happy for you. :D Good luck with the show!

  3. Ireland...drop an email aoife(dot)smada(at) with potential dates and I'll do my best to get there to finally meet you after all these years!!!!


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