Thanks for all the kind comments and suggestions from my whiney blog post about Simon’s rehab process. I’m feeling a bit better now that I have a plan. Should have my Ace from the vet today, am ordering GastroMax 3 to treat/prevent ulcers, and I’m going to talk to my trainer about more hay and any slow release calming agents she’s had experience with. All of this will just seem silly when he’s sound and walk/trotting again in two months, right?
Way early on in my relationship with my husband, we had a big fight about horses. This was pre-engagement and during our roughest patch together as a couple, and it mostly stands out to me because it was the first time I got so pissed off that I stormed out of the house. Of course, since I am a hardcore badass mofo… I went to the craft store – but that’s a different story.
The details leading up to the argument aren’t important, but the final conclusion was and still is that horses will always be a part of my life. I might not own one at all times. I might not lease one at all times. I might not be boarding or training or showing, but I will always have them in my life in some way.
Those few sentences could be the entire body of this post, but I should elaborate some with my future with horses. Some things I know, and some things I just hope.
I know that I will always love horses and enjoy them with a youthful spin. I’m not too mature or too serious to stop everything and work on a horse Halloween costume or clip and groom for no other reason besides ‘it makes him look pretty.’
I’ll keep striving to improve my riding and my ability to do well at shows. My goal is to eventually compete in at least one A/AA show a year and not look out of place. I’d love to have a reason to braid for a horse show besides shits and giggles.
I know that I will do everything within my power to not sell Simon. It’s not because I think he’s worth a million dollars or is the world’s greatest horse, but I’ve been down the road of thinking I sold a horse to a forever home and then to find out it wasn’t so forever after all. I don’t want to lose tabs on my horse, and I don’t want him to ever end up in a questionable situation.
When I took Simon on, I meant it. So if you had to ask me my horse future, I’d say I hope to do a lot of really awesome things with horses… but really I hope for at least 20 years of time together with my big bay buddy. We’ll see how those years manifest themselves.