I had to write today. This is the 1 year anniversary of attending the races at Del Mar Race Track that would change my life forever. I still have been unsuccessful in meeting any possible adoptees. Hope that is not a sign. I am focused on the rescued OTTB’s. I’m continuing Lake’s story and it is important to me to adopt a rescue like her. I’m finding a lot of people tend to stay away from OTTB’s as an option because they are considered high maintenance and challenging and even more so for a 1st time horse owner. They may not be for everyone but I have no hesitation in getting another. I found a Gem in Lake and I’m sure I can find another! She will lead me to the right horse.
I started riding lessons again this Friday. It was an emotional day but I rode one of Chloe’s fabulous steeds (pictured), Slim Shady, and he was a total sweetheart! I even took him out yesterday for a trail ride. It is actually a continuation of where Lake and I had left off. Chloe was going to have me ride a few different horses as that is important to do as you are learning. This was the 1st time since bringing Lake to the farm that I had pulled another horse from the pasture, tacked it up and rode without anyone else around. We had a very successful ride! It’s intimidating for me when it is not my horse but it also helps my confidence grow. Last week I brought Lake’s fly sheet home to wash and it is still sitting in my laundry room unwashed. I can’t bring myself to do it yet. It smells like her, yes the good and the bad, and my laundry room smells like a barn. I know I need to do it, just not yet. I don’t even know if it will be something I can use. It is important that the blankets and sheets fit properly so if my next adoptee is notLake’s size I will have to purchase new ones. Since you never know what life is going to throw at you, I will keep them even if they are not useable at this time. I also ordered a large canvas of the head shot I showed a few posts ago. I so love that picture!
When I lost Lake I wasn’t sure if being around horses now was a good idea or a bad idea. I learned it was a good idea. I feel better. It really is healing. Hopefully by my next post I will have more news about my adoption progress. For now I am going to continue to improve my riding skills and learn all I can to help me become a competent horse owner! I know I have still only touched the tip of the ice berg. I love you Lake!!!