Wednesday, January 16, 2013

There and Back Again

Pick up, put down, move on, repeat.

Back in August, I essentially left the hobby to focus on my real horse instead.  Riding, training and teaching is what I want to be my life, my profession.  The hours I spent trying to work on customs was time I could spend bettering my riding and training techniques.

Poor video still frame of us clearing 3'6"

Things were going great for a few months.  Beauty looked amazing, was fit as can be, soft and responsive.

Then October 14th, it all fell apart.  What was supposed to be a simple hack around the property turned into what would be one of the worst days for any horse owner.

Beauty fractured her pelvis.

So now I had a decision to make.  One vet told me to put her down, there was nothing to be done.  Another said she could get better, but of course there were no guarantees.  I was prepared to put her down.  Well, not really, but as prepared as I could be.  I visited her everyday for a week, feeding her her favorite treats.  She was obviously unhappy, hiding in the back of her stall and being non responsive.  The day I was going to call the vet to set up the appointment, I visited her again.  And it was like I had a new horses again.  She was bright, happy.  So I didn't do it.

Now it's just a waiting game.  Three months in and she's doing better than any one expected.  She's walking better than expected, she's been approved for limited turnout, and is still bright and perky.  The vet calls her a miracle horse.  I'm still holding out that one day we'll be able to ride again.

And no it isn't Christmas anymore, but these are the most recent torture pictures I have of her.

So, now that I've got all this extra time that I'm not riding, the model horses have called me back again.  My totting Wixom is getting a complete makeover starting with some eye balls.

And I purchased a Phoenix during Seunta's Christmas sale.  She is really lovely in person!  I intended to braid her up and sell her unpainted, but she is so pretty I'm not sure I want her to leave now.  My only question is whether I braid her tail or not.  I know that Quarter Horses typically leave the tails loose, but I have seen a few braided all around at Congress sooo...

So, like everything in my life, I am and will forever continue to be all over the place.


"Not all those who wander are lost."  - J.R.R. Tolkien