Life outside of horses has been absolutely topsy turvy for me lately. March marked one year since my work life got absurdly shitty. It's absolutely shocking to me that I've managed to sustain the high levels of stress from work for this amount of time. There have been a few glimpses of "the light at the end of the [current] tunnel" lately though, which has been an incredible relief. Simply though, it just is not an easy time to be a scientist for the Federal government!
While horses absolutely help my stress levels, I've been focusing on other aspects of stress relief lately, running, doing a lot of yoga, and visiting with some childhood friends I very rarely see. I knew horse time would be plentiful in coming weeks as the weather improved, so my focus has admittedly been elsewhere!
|Snow riding with my filthy grey horse.|
|I freaking LOVE this riding skirt. I'll write a review once I've ridden it in the rain some as that's a big reason I bought it!|
|Jumped his first "corner". His expression speaks volumes as to how much it bothered him (not at all)|
|The most awkward photo of Q I've ever taken lol|
The dirty feed tub (not mine) was "in her way" after she danced away from Taiga jumping out suddenly. Why walk a few steps when you could just be awkward AF?
Our classic turbulent Appalachian spring weather has been full force for the past month (which has certainly been a welcome excuse to limit time at the barn). Mud to snow and back again multiple times; I don't mind snow, but am definitely NOT a fan of mud season! My favorite local conditioning partners are either out of the country or have lame horses right now, too, so it isn't as if I can spice things up with a friend at the moment. But that's okay!
True to the norm, March was the month we received the greatest amount of snowfall with 46"! I got some fun skiing in to cap off the year and was even able to join in on one of my most favorite local ski events for 5 hours a few Sundays ago.
|I love my views from home|
|My friend Phoebe totally rocking it as we closed the mountain after a day of powder skiing|
|Another shot of that evening of backcountry bowl skiing|
|Sunset from the same vista as the photo with the sunbeams above; I also ski past this view to access the bowl above|
|Dave and I at the start of our Sunday XC ski adventure|
|A rare selfie|
|Our rad leader for the day's adventure! And my buddy in the background pulling his 6 month old daughter along for the ~6 mile ski adventure|
|The trees were all bedecked with icicles as if they'd put on their Christmas best|
|The man, the myth, the legend! Chipper owns the XC ski resort we enjoy so much. You can't help but love snow when you're around this guy - his love and enthusiasm for Nordic sports is beyond contagious.|
|Red spruce dominate the highlands|
|Such a big group on this day!|
|Taking a brief moment to regroup.|
|Friends old and new|
|Passin' that white lightnin' around. It's the best way to keep warm after all!|
|The final Robbie's Rad crew for the season! PC: Chipper|
The dogs are doing well and Taiga is steadily growing. She's really turning into a great little barn dog on the days I'm out there, hanging out close-by while I prep the horses and then running amok with unadulterated joy while I hack in the back field.
|He's the happiest guy when the snow is plentiful|
|Double DERP at sunset!|
|I had a lot of fun with golden hour dog romps in March|
|Playing chase, Kenai's favorite game!|
|This is his ERMAGERD SNERR! face, in case you wondered|
|Tearin' it up|
|XC skiing around home with the dogs because how else do you travel in 15" of snow?!|
|What is becoming her signature shot|
|Enjoying the sunset <3|
Blog content should be picking up to a more regular pace in coming days! I'm looking forward to getting out and about with the horses in the very near future, finally getting some product reviews up, and auditing some clinics!