"You are never too old, and it is never too late." I am not sure who first said this, but it is very true. In my April blog post, I told you about a goal I had. That goal was to win a barrel racing buckle. I then modified that goal, and decided I wanted to have my horse running in the 18 second range on the barrel pattern. Did I make that goal? Nope. But, as they say, there is always next year.
Cam and I did have a major setback. Raging forest fires to the north and west filled the Laramie Valley with smoke. What started as an occasional cough turned into a full-blown medical problem. On August 13, the vet started Cam on steroids and antihistamines. I couldn't ride her any faster than a walk without serious coughing on her part. The vet prescribed exercise as tolerated. It was not well tolerated. At that point, I was resigned to that fact that our season might be over.
We did make it back to the last race of the season before the finals. But taking a month off showed. We were back where we started. She was still coughing a bit if I attempted to push her in the slightest.
Two weeks later, we hauled to Wheatland, Wyoming for the district finals. We had a good warm up, and a good run. She coughed a couple of times at the end of the run. And how did we do?
We did meet a goal....we walked away with the 4D Senior buckle. We didn't always win the points for being the fastest pair in our division, because we weren't. But, with the exception of her getting sick, we were consistent. We showed up, and we kept trying. We never gave up. Even more surprising was our Reserve Championship in the Open 4D division!
Cam has had October off. We did ride a few times, and did some lunge work. Now that it is getting cold, much of the winter will be spent with turnout and the latter type of work. We will get serious again in the spring. What will next year's goal(s) be? We will see. as I am starting to think about them. But you can be sure I will be setting some!
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.