That is, until they aren't.
I went down for a lesson with Prair this morning and while enjoying (yet another) conversation of "gee golly wow she's learning so fast" (Other words were used but the overall gist wasn't particularly esoteric), I mumbled the words "I can't wait to see how far she gets before Thermal." Only to be promptly reminded that we in fact leave for the mythical show next week.
N heads down on the 12th, the horses (and myself) follow on the 14th which really means I've got... two (2??) more lessons before we all reconvene in the desert.
I really felt like I was getting my shit together until I started panicking about only having TWO LESSONS LEFT.
That's not lots. And today we didn't even jump!!! I mean, we had a great flat session but holy moley at most I've got two more jump schools before we're supposed to look like the most Huntery-Hunters who ever Hunter-ed... or something.
On the upside, the mare really does continue to impress. We did lots of leg yields, focusing on slowing the angle, lots of haunches in and lots of lengthening and collecting. Today when I really tried hard to think about using as little rein as possible I nearly squealed with excitement at how much more responsive the mare is being to my seat and leg in compressing herself together. She felt so compact and manageable!
So, I guess maybe things as set up as well as they can be with only 6 weeks of prep at the new barn.
But regardless, OMG A WEEK(ish).
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