For obvious reasons, it is nearly impossible to plan for the future right now. I clearly have no idea what life will be like with a child.
That, however, is not keeping me from daydreaming about the ride schedule for this fall!
There are 4 rides that I would like to make it to in October and November:
at Lake Oologah
Jo Tate Fall Paradise
at Washburn, Mo
at Cedar Lake
at Bell Cow Lake
Knowing Boomer and his performance history last year, I know it is entirely possible for him to complete three rides in October and then be fit enough to do a 2 day ride the next month. Of course, this plan hinges on several other factors. The biggest two factors are me getting a saddle and getting back to riding in May or June!
I have no idea if the best plan would be to bring John and Baby Paisley along for the trips or to leave them at home and take a horse vacation on my own. I would rather not travel alone, but I have no idea how babies handle weather and camping. Doing internet searches brings up lots of advice for camping with babies that makes it seem doable. Paisley will be 6-7 months old then. It would be a MUCH easier decision if we had a trailer with some sort of climate control and a generator!
So, I'm really hoping that I will be able to do a few rides in October/November. Whether I end up doing them alone or with the whole family is yet to be determined!
I had so much fun with Boomer last year doing rides and I really look forward to being able to get back into the swing of things again soon!