So I went over the last part of my new book the other day. I added the last pictures, I wrapped it on nicely and I almost settled on naming the book “Surviving the Equestrian world,” because I managed to make that title fit in quite beautifully with my training part of the book and….
I spent all day yesterday, mucking out my “outdoor” house at the stable, to the point where my eyes hurt from shoveling dirt, (if you haven’t tried that, you clearly have never pushed your body to the point where even your willpower is about to run out,) I went home and managed not to throw up or cry for no other reason than my body was so worn down I could hardly stand eating dinner or brushing my teeth and the only thing that got me through it all, really, was watching Scrubs (And loads of painkillers, so I could see again,)… Got to love that series…
Anyway, today dawns with the realization that maybe I am not done with my book after all. Turns out, as I had the entire day yesterday to obsess about the finished product I happily wrapped up two days ago, and maybe I forgot a few things.
I mean, like the noseband. For me, it is implied that my horses only wear it for show. It is mandatory when we compete, but it is always so lose that I can take it off the horse without opening it. Should I mention that in the book?
What about shoes? It is always a huge fight between barefoot and none barefoot people in the horse world, should I take a moment to tell why my horses- some of them- wear shoes and why I believe it would be neglect to have them barefoot?
What about a bridle vs. bitless? Should I explain why I would never use a sidepull or any other kind of a bitless bridle, why I would have to be hard pressed to even wear a hackamore on my horses? Why I actually prefer the bit, even if I am “selling” myself as a horsemanship person? Maybe I should do that, really…
What about whip and spurs? Should I go into detail about that? I mean, I do come across the whip in my book already, since it is a great training aid, but the spurs, I don’t think I mention them…
What about drawreins? Should I really have to describe why you shouldn’t use that, if you want your horse to survive the equestrian world, or is it pretty clear from my “dressage” part of the book?
Right. So, I am tired, obsessing and really pretty desperate to keep this book to myself forever so I can keep adding things, changing things, perfecting it, and at the same time, I know I have to let go, otherwise I won’t ever let it fly.
So, the title is still a little unsure, I have no cover art yet, and every single picture in the book needs to go through photo shop to be scaled correctly, and here we are, I can’t stop wondering if I missed something really important…
I will set a release date though. It will be out on April 23, on the day that Poseidon was euthanized, two years ago.
The Danish version will be out on June 17th, on what would have been Poseidon’s 19th birthday.
And now, off to the stable, to ease the horses into the grass. What do you know, a month ago, I closed off part of my pasture, and fertilized it, to make my grass grow. Yesterday, I let the horses onto the new grass, and Marble instantly got the runs. I had not seen that coming, basically because they do have quite a lot of grass on the pasture they were on already, and yes, there are more on the “new” part, but still… Anyway, after having re-sown the “old” part of my pasture, I had to bring the horses back on the newly sown part, to keep Marble’s stomach from turning colic.
I do need to have them off the old part, if the new grass is going to have a chance, so we are going to spend the next couple of days, easing them in, a few hours at the time… Okay, me being me, half a day at the time… Still…
And the vet is coming by Monday, to vaccinate the entire gang, check Marble and Saleem’s teeth and check for parasites… I am a little thrown by Easter sneaking up on me, I had plans for having blood samples drawn on Saleem as well, but I don’t know if we can run them on Monday… I will have to ask if the lab is closed… Anyway, my point is, two more days, were I can go over my book in my head, like the obsessive loon I am, and then, I’ll get back to it and this time, once it’s done, it will be done.
I mean it.
I will let go.