This weekend was the LONGEST weekend I've had in a LONG time...lets start with Friday...
Went to the chiropractor first thing in the morning, which was nice cause I really needed to be adjusted and I felt really good afterwards, then my mommy and I went over to the barn, Jan was already there (lady who helps with feeding) she was kinda lost...so I helped her finish up then we went to Kathy's house to feed Bambi (little 2 yr old filly) then we went back over, by then Jerry had arrived, so they started getting the horses ready for the school kids while I mucked out stalls....ALL 5 of them, which screwed up whatever Dr. Higley did to fix my shoulder, but at least it was done. The kids came, only 3, which was really good cause we were lacking volunteers, they all did really well and it was nice to be teaching again. After we finished and untacked I went and got my mommy and I some lunch while Casey rode, we ate and then got everything ready for the horses for the night.
MUCH MUCH MUCH busier than Friday, I got to the barn about 7:30ish, and I made sure they horses had hay, Rebecca arrived so we started to feed the horses, the first student came and the fill-in instructor still hadnt shown up, so, I got Tabitha to call her..and she forgot what time to be there :p Anyway, Tabitha and I got the girls (Michelle and Katie) tacked up and ready, it was just a vaulting lesson so I basically taught it because Lauren (the fill-in instructor) doesn't know vaulting :p. That lesson went really well, then the older girls were going to ride (Tabitha, Emily, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Samantha,Taylor) I had to work with taylor cause she still is pretty new, but she did really well :D and she's a sweet little girl. Ashley showed up to ride but she wasn't on our schedule..threw a hissy fit because she wasn't gonna ride....so her and her mom left saying they were going to "find another barn"...well about 20 minutes goes by, they come back, she wanted to watch the lesson..then asked to ride and we said no because we tried to accomodate her and let her ride another horse, but she wouldn't have it. So she got upset all over again, except this time we just ignored it. The rest of the lesson went ok...all the girls were REALLY nervous so they weren't riding to their full potential. After that we all ate lunch and did barn chores the rest of the day. A few of the girls rode again after Lauren left and I taught the lesson...they did SO much better because they were more relaxed around me...with Lauren i think they were all trying to "prove" something. Anyway, they all helped me get the horses ready for the night and I took emily and tabitha with me to feed Bambi. Then I FINALLY went home about 6pm and slept for roughly 2 hours before dinner...I was beat!
and last but not least, today.
Got to the barn about 10:30ish, Lauren, suprisingly, was already there and starting on morning barn chores. So we all finished feeding and then went in the office and talked for a long time, she told us old stories,we told her new stories (she used to be a student of Kathy's) that was fun..she seemed a lot more relaxed around us today and not quite as rigid and standoffish as she was on Saturday. Judith and Samantha came for the first lesson...which actually went really well, the girls did a good job and obeyed us :p. Elaina, Emma, and Sara were supposed to ride at 3 but showed up at 1:30..which was good...they all got on about 2...and i taught sara (we did vaulting) and I wrapped up the lesson about 3ish and her mom calls over to me "that wasn't a full hour", I promptly ignored her, and ended the lesson. It was 30 some degrees outside with windchill and her daughter and everyone else was saying how cold they were...she GOT her full hour...but her mom was being mean anyway. After that lesson I taught Tabitha and Emily in a short lesson, we did a little jumping and walk,trot, canter. Fed the horses and prepared them for the night, emily rode with me to feed Bambi and then I came home...Finally ending my barn duties for the week. My legs and generally my body are killing me but at least tomorrow I get to rest and recover, I loved every second of being at the barn, but I need a rest :p