Today is the 1 year anniversary of losing my special special MareLake.😥 She is the reason this blog was started and I have continued it through Arrow since her story is the story of many off track Thoroughbreds (OTTB’s). There is hardly a day that I don’t think of her. (this whole post won’t be sad I promise) I will continue this blog as it keeps a record for me and like I have said in the past, if someone learns from one of my mistakes or learns about a new product or technique I have learned about, it is worth it. Especially if reading this blog leads to an adoption of another OTTB!! 👍 (the pic is of her in her new halter I brought to the rescue for her the 2nd time I went to visit while going through the adoption process) If someone is new to this blog and has only been reading about Arrow, I encourage you to at least read the 1st 2 posts to understand how I now have Arrow and the story behind this blog. Somehow they got switched around and I haven’t figured out how to fix it so if they don’t seem to follow sequence that is the reason. 🤨
Last sad part….
Arrow’s bestie Mobi has found his forever home! Yayyyy for Mobi! Not so yayyyyyy for Arrow. He left the farm yesterday for his new life. I went out to try to catch him to say goodbye before he left but found out I had just missed him. I sat in my car and watched Arrow standing next to the fence by himself with his head down and cried like a baby. (very emotional too because of wacky hormones). I usually see him right next to Mobi when I go through the entrance to Kingsway. I decided not to visit Row Row as I’m sure he didn’t realize what had really happened yet and I didn’t want him upset because I was a mess. I went out that late afternoon and took him for a walk and groomed him. I did cry again. Mobi was Arrow’s buddy and it hurts my heart to know he will be sad.💔 I strongly believe horses develop strong bonds with certain horses and Mobi was Arrow’s special horse friend. I’m guessing it will be a few days before he figures out that Mobi is gone a lot longer than for training with Auntie Chloe. He is probably pacing the fence line looking for Mobi as Mobi would do when I took Arrow out for a walk. I could always see him running along the fence line of the pasture calling out to Row and Row would throw his head up and call back. He had a special horse friend with his foster family too so this is 2nd loss of a friend. I really did try to figure out a way to take Mobi myself but never figured out how to make that possible. I hope Mobi has a fabulous life retired from racing! That stud muffin made over $400K during his career! I saw one of his races where he came from dead last (far behind) to passing everyone and winning. It was like something out of a movie. He is also a super sweet boy!💋 Good Luck in your new forever home Mobi and thank you for being a part of Arrow’s life!
Finally, Arrow and I have had some really good lessons together. I feel like things are starting to come together for us! Chloe is doing such an amazing job with him and her patience with me as a rider is highly appreciated! A good lesson for me does not mean that Arrow and I did everything perfect and Chloe didn’t have to do any corrections. That is an easy relaxing ride. A good lesson is when I or Arrow have learned something new or have accomplished something we have been working on. An example would be when Arrow and I are trotting in a big circle and his rear starts to fall into the circle, Chloe would tell me what to do and he would correct it but I wasn’t really focusing on feeling it so I wouldn’t realize it was happening until it was too late and would need to work twice as hard to push him out onto the circle. The last lesson I was able to feel his rear move over as I was correcting him and could tell when he was back to a normal frame and I could also feel him as he was drifting into the circle so I was able to correct him much faster. Baby steps. I’m also starting to let go of that nagging fear in the back of my head that I am going to go off every time Arrow spooks or has a misstep. I really am lucky in that he is not a horse that bucks or rears. He just protests a little when he thinks something is too hard. His protests consist of tossing his head around a little and prancing. Then he seems to realize he can actually do it and gives in.😉 I still have not cantered on him. He has a much bigger canter than Lake and right now has a little difficulty getting into it smoothly so I do not attempt it yet as that is where I always seem to fall off. Chloe is going to have me do some lessons on a horse that is even larger than Arrow but is smooth going into the canter so I can get the feel of what a big canter feels like and this will help build my confidence with Arrow. I am confident I will be able to do a post about my 1st successful canter on him before the year ends!👍 (I have added pics of Row Row and Mobi to my picture section)