I just noticed it's been a month since I last posted. Sorry, I don't know where the time went.
By the way, did I tell you I received a hand-written sympathy card from Smartpak? I cancelled our SmartBugOff auto-ship and there was a "please tell us why you are canceling" set of boxes so I sighed and clicked the "Horse has passed away" option. Then not long after I received a sweet card from them with a nice personal note. Nicely done, Smartpak.
And as if we haven't had enough to mope about, sadly, I need to report that my best girl is gone. Dear old Banee is young again and running through a green field somewhere, and I'd like to imagine she and Junior are swapping stories and having a good laugh. Though I am very sad that she's gone, I've been prepared for this for a decade. She was 34 years old, for heaven's sake, so it was her time. She lived a grand long life and I am grateful for the lessons she taught me. I'd been thinking a lot about her since I lost Junior because I had the scenario in my mind that he would be there for me to help me through losing Banee, just like he helped me though losing Lany. I guess because losing him was such an unexpected shock, getting the news that Banee was gone wasn't as hard as I'd expected. I burst into tears, of course, but it was short lived and I'm very much at peace with the knowledge that she lived a long and spoiled life and that she was able to leave this world with dignity and grace. I don't feel the need to do a whole post on her, since I've really said all there is to say about her, but if you want to know more, there's a "Banee" tag on the sidebar that'll take you to the MANY posts that feature her, including our final visit last summer. My only regret is that I don't have video of her nicker. It was the sweetest you've ever heard.
Well, now. We have had simply too much sad shit happen lately, so let's just take a deep breath and move on to happier things. Yes, let's.
I've been riding in my lessons once a week and in addition to Lillypony (who I've decided is my Therapy Pony) I've ridden two other lesson horses now, Beau and Super. They're both sweet and they were fun. BO is looking for another lesson horse that's more my style (ie not a pony or a 3' jumper) so I'm "helping" her by sending her all the ads for horses I think might fit the bill ie horses I would consider buying if I could even fathom that thought for more than a moment. For now, I am enjoying getting to know Lilly and the other lesson horses.
I tagged along last weekend to an IEA show to be the BO's gopher and to help Lillypony make her IEA Zones debut. Oh, and my barn's middle school team is headed to Nationals!!! Woot! This is why I try very hard to do all the things BO tells me to do in my lessons; she clearly knows what she's talking about.
Lilly was so popular at the show. It was a lot like taking Debon to a show. People just squealed over Lilly and a somewhat alarming amount of people asked if they could take a picture with her. I know she didn't look like much when she was still a sasquatch, but after a body clip and a bath she looks super friggin adorable. I'll get a photo on Saturday. Adorbs.
On Saturday morning I begin my training at a local Humane Society to become a volunteer. I'm excited to have something to do with myself as well as all the doggy/kitty/bunny time I'll get in. Who's really helping who here?
Then in the afternoon I get to go ride Lillypony AND Zip! Zip's person moved out of our barn last fall because she got a farm of her own... jealous... but she's been hauling in to my barn while her indoor is still in progress...jealous... so it'll be a fun weekend.
I PROMISE there is a neat post coming about something that happened in March. Soon. Promise.