And now, on what would have been our 6th Anniversary, I'm still just as overanxious, but no longer a horse owner. Losing Junior is still fresh, even though it's been almost nine months. It's better now, of course, but there is still a hole in my heart that will never fill completely. I have a near constant urge to hold his face, to let him snuffle my hair, to go with him on all those adventures we had planned. But I'm a realist and those are simply things I don't get to have. The unfairness of it all feels like a vice on my chest, but letting go is getting easier as time goes by.
So what's with "The Reboot"? Well, it's time to make one more step in moving on, by rebooting this blog and focussing on the future instead of the past. You may have noticed a new look to the blog site. As painful as that is, it needs to happen. He wouldn't want me to dwell on the past. It's still going to be the same blog, but I'll be doing less mourning and more doing. I'm going to try to avoid bringing everything back to Junior, but I guarantee everything I do that has anything to do with horses makes me miss him. I'm not going to change the name of the blog, though. I'll be a horse owner again someday.
For starters, I'll tell you about the Horse Show! It was just a barn show like we did last summer, but our barn shows are so much fun and have ribbons and a real judge. I think they'd be considered "schooling shows". I count this as a pretty good milestone, although I did require a kleenex later in the day when Junior's Other People and I were reminiscing.
I showed my Lillypony in Walk-Trot Equitation Pattern and Adult Walk-Trot Equitation (rail only) and we won both of our classes. I still have difficulty getting her to do upward transitions when I ask for them, but I learned that spurs and a crop sure help... oh ponies.
I am also doing a half-lease on a horse!!! This all happened very quickly and somewhat by chance. Here's the tale: I sold my western show saddle (Uh, the one you spent so much time finding? Yeah that one.) so I decided to try an old saddle my friend was trying to get rid of, just so I would have something to ride in until I decide what my next real saddle will be. I asked B if I could ride Zip in it for a minute to see if I liked it. She happened to have a horse coming to her farm so she could try him for a client of hers. I took one look at the horse and wanted to ride him. If I had been ready to be horse shopping I probably would have bought him right there. Instead I got to ride him and I finally understand the phrase "I could lope this horse all day" means! Her clients decided to buy him and keep him at B's farm while they get to know him and take lessons. Then after winter they'll take him home to their house. While he's at B's, or at least until I get sick of him (HA!) I'll be riding him three days a week.
|Sporting my "new" 30-year-old rescue saddle.|
So that's what we'll be doing for now. Here's to looking forward.