I’m slammed at work, and way behind on gathering media from the horse show… so you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the epic New Vocations Charity Show recap. In the meantime, I thought I’d talk about my type. I’m sure you’ve had conversations with your friends about the ‘type’ of guys you usually like: their look, their personality. And if you’re an equestrian, you’ve had the same conversation about your horses. I didn’t really think I had a type (and admittedly, my sample size is pretty small considering I’ve only ever owned two horses)… but looking at these pictures, I can’t deny it. I most definitely have a type.
Four years gone, yet on this day it seems time stops for me. I remember your blaze, and the way your ears curved in at the top. I remember the light in your eyes when you saw jumps set in the arena. I remember the first crossrail we jumped after your injury and how I’d never felt happiness so complete before. I remember your choppy little trot, but your smooth canter. I remember the feel of your ride, different than any other. I remember the freedom, the courage and the pride you instilled in me. But most of all, I remember your heart and all that you gave to a teenage girl. I’ll always miss you, Visa.
I can hardly believe it’s been three years since my first horse, Visa, passed away unexpectedly in the middle of the night. I really miss him and there’s still a hole in my heart where he used to be. I was always grateful to have him in my life, but sometimes you don’t realize just what you have until it’s gone. Visa was my horse of a lifetime and I didn’t know it until he wasn’t around anymore. I’ve often wondered if I’ll ever find another one as special as he was.
Today, my old red man would have been 22. It’s hard to think about all of the things he never got to do or experience — like the fact that he never got to visit my current boarding barn or meet my current trainer. My BFF never got to ride him and my DH never got to take him on a trail ride. Even though Visa was semi-retired, I still had plans, hopes and dreams for us. But none of that ever became reality. Instead, I have a new red horse who’s filling those impossibly large steel shoes.
Yesterday I celebrated my very own made-up holiday: National Pony Day. In honor of Visa, I decided to take April 17th off work and do nothing but fun stuff, just because I can. This year was extra special because it was the first National Pony Day I got to spend with my very own horse.
The day started off fabulously: I slept in, cuddled with Rocky and woke up to an amazing bouquet of spring flowers and a heartfelt card from my fiancé, Sam. Yeah, he’s definitely a keeper. Around 10 am I finally rolled out of the house to do some shopping. I hit Kohls, Dicks Sporting Goods and Target before meandering my way to the mall to check out DSW, Macy’s and Sears. I got all sorts of good stuff, including some new jeans and cardigans and a much needed work-appropriate rain jacket. I’m officially all set for Rolex next weekend!!
|National Pony Day: April 17th, in honor of Visa, the best one <3|
Of course the local tack store is on the way home from the mall.. ish. So I stopped there too. I bought a Lickit Bar Treat for Miles, Springtime Zocks, a new girth for the bestie N… and I picked up a consignment saddle for her to try (psst, someone go buy her M. Toulouse Annice please, haha). I met Sam at home and we enjoyed a nice lunch outside on the patio at Noodles & Co. I absolutely love their Wisconsin Mac N Cheese; not good for the diet what-so-ever, but entirely satisfying none the less.
I picked up N from school (she skipped her afternoon class to hang out with me at the barn) and we each had two horses to ride. So I hopped on Vinnie and we hacked around outside in the sun for about 20 minutes. The horses were great and it just felt so damn nice to ride outside in the daylight.
Then I grabbed Miles and N hopped on Diamond for our bonus National Pony Day lesson. We were able to lesson outside for the first time this year, which was a huge treat. The horses were great — a bit rusty at jumping outside at first, but they were both stellar. We jumped around some 2’3″ courses and Miles was fantastic, nailing every lead change and even taking a really long spot.
N loved the saddle I brought for her to try, and she looked great. Her partnership with Diamond has come such a long way in the last year, and I’m really pumped to watch them show this year! And of course, there’s a small part of me that really hopes we get to show in the same division together once this year… even though she’d kick my ass!
Anyways, N and I finished up the day stuffing our faces full of margaritas, mozzarella sticks and burgers at Red Robin. ‘Cause there’s no better way to end a day than copious amounts of frozen tequila.
|So incredibly blessed to have two amazing chestnut geldings in my lifetime!|
P.S. Thank you so much to everyone for your thoughts and well-wishes yesterday. Despite some tears… okay a lot of tears especially in the morning, I had an absolutely fantastic day. It means a lot to know how many people I have supporting me… especially so many that I’ve never met. <3