It’s my burfday. I’m 29.
My husband is 6 years older than me, so I watched his metamorphosis from 20’s to 30’s when I was in my early/mid 20’s. At the time, I kind of dismissed his mild panic. What’s the deal? If you don’t get older you die!
And then I hit 27, and he said “Now you’re in your late 20’s.”
“No, I’m in my mid 20’s still.”
28 is definitely late 20’s, but not as late as it can be. Still very much in my 20’s thank you very much.
Now 29 is here, and I can no longer ignore the fact that I won’t be in my 20’s forever. It’s stupid, but I never actually comprehended then ending… but they will.
On the equestrian side of things, I’ve wasted a lot of years in my youth being out of shape, not working very hard, not having the right horse, or some combination of the above. Now that I’m willing to put the work in and have a suitable equine partner, I’d like to really accomplish something before I start the official march toward the older adults.
30 Equestrian Things I’d Like To Do Before I’m 30
Save up and buy a saddle I really love and covet.Well, I did buy a saddle… Jump 3’0″– Jumped 3’3″! Show in the jumpersLoved the jumpers!
- Canter bareback
- Take pictures of Simon galloping in the pasture
Go watch a horse race– Went to Retama Park
- Go fox hunting
Go cross country schooling– Went in January!
- Show dressage?
- Go watch/photograph at a major AQHA show
Get a fancy Delacoeur bonnet… with sparkles– Learned to make my own!
- Paint a model horse to look like Simon
Reach 500 SMTT Facebook fans– Accomplished! Interview a BNR/BNT for the blog– Interviewed Richie Moloney! Ride Simon bridleless– Wasn’t hard at all!
- Win champion
- Get (another) equestrian tattoo
Compete in a hunter derby– 62 on my first derby!
- Braid Simon’s tail for a show
- Go to an A show
Go to any show and not be nervous– Overcame nerves and ended cool as a cucumber Visit WEF again– Went for Week 10
- Invite a non-rider to the barn to visit & ride Simon
Throw Simon a birthday party– His 8th Birthday Party
- Compete in a “special” class at a horse show (not short bus special either)
- Keep this blog active
Meet more equine bloggers in the flesh– Met Andrea and Emily!
- Stay within my horse budget for the year
Try to ride different horses when the chance allows– Have ridden a bunch!
- Continue to work on my partnership with Simonpants
For now, I know that I’m accomplishing some time with my family on this oh-so-close-to-Christmas birthday. I’ll inform Simon when I’m back from my NC trip that he has a new list of expectations because I’ve become aware of my own mortality 🙂