Jul. 26, 2015

The Anniversary

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!!!💋