Jul. 11, 2016

Emotional Rollercoaster

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)