The temps have been hitting the triple digits for the last few days so I haven't been able to ride unless I get out to the barn by 9. I went out this afternoon and just hose off the poor horse because he was soaked from the heat just standing around! I have ridden him once since his freak out last week. I rode him in the arena and he was really good. His right bend is getting much better and his cantering is also getting calmer and more balanced. I am trying to stay focused on the positives for now and working on the things I know I can do. Next time I see Jim I am going to see if he can start working with us once or twice a week as soon as possible.
Another thing I am getting help with is Chemistry. The first three chapters were fine, but this 4th chapter on Molarity, pH, and concentrations is really giving me a hard time. So, I found a tutor from KU and I will start seeing her tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully she will be a help and she only charges $15 per hour! I was expecting to pay twice that! So, hopefully I can see her 2-3 times a week. Between the Chem tutor and horse training, I am spending $60-75 a week of money that I just don't have. That $8000 tax credit is already spent.
Speaking of spending money I don't have, I decided to get a new (used) saddle. The more I assessed my needs as a rider right now, the more I leaned towards a western saddle. I like the security, and Boomer is mostly working on slow work in the arena anyway. I ride him like a western horse and do trails. That is about it right now. Sure, a custom fitted endurance saddle would be awesome, but more practical if I a) had the money or b) was riding endurance. I check eBay every few days for used Circle Y arab saddles and I have seen a few come and go, but not many. It just so happened that there was one this weekend. It was pretty much everything I wanted/needed. It is from the late 80's, which I have heard is the prime era for the Circle Y saddle. It is in great shape and the only repair is it needs a new stirrup. A Circle Y arab saddle new is about $1500 and this one was listed for $450. It was just too good of a deal to pass up. The other arab saddles I have seen on eBay have all gone for around $800 so I felt really lucky I got this one! It should arrive on Friday and I want to try it out on Saturday morning.
Tonight, John and I are going to work on some Chem, tomorrow morning I am going to go ride, then in the afternoon I will meet with my tutor.