Lots of updates are overdue, including one on baby Moiya (that cute little bay OTTB mare). She spent the last half of the summer carting me around, helping me regain some confidence. We had lots of really great rides, but this fall her future was uncertain. But, I have a great trainer (and I can’t say that enough!) who has taken on Moiya since her owner fell ill and passed away last week. And… after much discussion with DH, we decided to half-lease her!
PSA: A few months ago, I moved all of my blog posts about Miles from public to private. Yesterday, I changed them back to be widely available. I apologize for any inconvenience (and for bombarding your blog feed)
It’s been quite some time since I talked about Miles on my blog (remember that big, chestnut gelding I own?). Well it’s finally time to let ya’ll in on what’s been going on. Brace yourselves, it’s a little bit of a saga.
The past few months of my life have included saying goodbye a lot. I’ve said goodbye to a few acquaintances who I didn’t know as well, but I’ve also said goodbye to two of the best people I’ve ever known. I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t experienced much death, especially of those close to me. But saying goodbye to my husband’s best friend, and now a fellow equestrian, is really hard. One of the ways I’m coping with my grief is to be open about it… and let the process take its natural course.
It’s the dead of winter here in the Midwest, which means bitter cold temps, grey skies, snow and ice. I’m still faithfully trekking out to the barn to ride (thanks to our wonderful indoor arenas!), but I can’t help but dream about summer horse shows. You know, where the sun is shining, and I’m not racing to finish my ride as quickly as possible because I think my toes have frostbite. Our small group of show-goers has this winter tradition that we call “The Horse Show Fairy.” See, this “fairy” comes when winter is particularly nasty and drops off little reminders of show season like a new crop, hoof polish, etc. This year the coalition of horse show fairies has decided to get together and organize our tack stall.