That's right people, I earned that money all by myself! I went out to the barn, gathered all my tools and props, put together a lesson plan. I drove to the home of the students' grandma and taught two adorable sisters on their ponies. The girls had a good time, we smiled a lot, and at the end I got handed some cash. I wrote out a receipt and drove away feeling pretty darn good about myself.
After spending all of last summer and the past winter and spring worrying that nobody would ever call me for lessons... I've ended up with a nice handful of 10 year-old girls with ponies.
I LOVE IT.
I love teaching riding. I love going to a student's place and helping them with their own ponies. I love putting a kid on gentle, lazy Phoenix and watching her confidence bloom. I love horses. I love having my own bank account and putting my earnings in there. As much as I'm afraid to spend money, I even love withdrawing some to pay for things I need for the horses.
I picked up some soft brushes for my mare and some bright purple crossties. Phoenix is wearing a really solid purple halter now. It's the colour of royalty and he's my prince! I bought a bag of horse feed the other day, and some farm-strength insect killer.
I made a goal to make enough money to pay for my horse's upkeep without getting any help from my husband or parents. Like, I'm pushing forty. I want to feel like a grown-up about it. The next goal is to pay for my kids' school trips and like, new shoes and stuff.
Of course, yesterday I had the vet out to float the horses' teeth. That's a whole other story.
I might be borrowing some money from Jethro for that, unless I suddenly get about 5 new students with their own horse, preferably all within a 5 minute drive of our place. Y'know it could happen...