For years, I was obsessed with these:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
For years, I was obsessed with these:
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Hey, you never know.
One of the things I love doing is daydream, and this is no different. What would I do if money was no object? What would you do?
Matt told me that he'd finally get the Cadillac Escalade he's been admiring forever.
We had a great time chatting over dinner about what we'd do, and it's pretty darn simple. Put our house on the market, buy our dream house and property, and live happily ever after. Of course, both our families would be taken care of - that's a no brainer.
It's not that simple, though. Our dream property would either be many acres or back on to protected land that can't be developed, even better if there's a trail system somewhere nearby. A nice barn, an outdoor/ indoor ring, and some cross country jumps would be a must! This one is a good start, though I'd love if it were a little closer to our families!
I thought for a moment if I'd go and buy a fancy event horse, one that a famous rider - one of the O'Connors, Phillip Dutton, or Buck Davidson had started, and then I thought, nope. I would stick with Zeus and my other Off Track Thoroughbreds. I love the process of training them and becoming a team with them, so anything less wouldn't feel like it was really a victory. However, I'd make the most of my free time and attend lots of clinics and lessons.
I'd also probably invest in some land in the south, preferably Southern Pines, NC, where everyone in town loves to ride and we'd be within (almost) driving distance to Matt's parents. It would be a nice retreat from the doldrums of winter.
I think a trip to Italy and while we're at it, the rest of Europe would be in the cards too.
What I'd do first and foremost though, would be to adopt the horses who have become so important to me in my time at Akindale - Flurry, Paris, Casey, Chief, perhaps Angelo, and I'd like to take on a horse who can't be ridden anymore but can be a companion and a friend. Those horses are the hardest to adopt out.
Is that so much to ask? Nah!
So, what's your dream?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I can't remember when I last posted, but it was a while ago. Maybe two weeks ago. The thing you will learn about me due to my absence is that when the going gets tough, I go to ground. I don't like to talk about the bad stuff. I won't air dirty laundry, I won't gossip or use this place as a soapbox. I want to keep it positive, happy, entertaining, and a platform for something I believe in wholeheartedly - rescue horses (especially my beloved Thoroughbreds) and the hearts they hold, just waiting for a lucky person to discover it.
In other words, if you don't see a blog post for awhile, just know I'm struggling with something or having a hard time.
*ETA: The issue is not with Matt and I, or any members of our families, everything is great in that department and I am very lucky to have such wonderful people around me!*
On to better and brighter stuff.
The Showcase was a huge hit, and it has already yielded one blissful adoption for one of my horses, which I'll blog about very soon (want to get pics and permission from the new owner to do the post!).
This past weekend, Erin and I headed to Danbury, CT, where Agway was having an Equine and Pet Expo. Between the two of us, we ended up with an interactive setup, with lots of goodies and information for interested people!
Here's a photo of our booth, with Erin grinning behind it.
We thought one of the best parts of the day was the view.
Friday, March 11, 2011
It's over this girl.
You all remember Flurry. She forever changed my life on October 16, when I made the call to save her from the Kill Pen.
She was the last horse standing.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
But before that happened, there was a lovely little friend outside our window this morning.
He was very easy to pick out amongst the brown doldrums of winter, and stayed long enough for a few photos.
His friends, the Bluejays, see me trying to get a photo from the window and without fail, they are always gone before I can even figure out how to turn off the flash.
Those Bluejays, they're trouble.
But not this guy. He seems to know he's well worth photographing!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
But not me. I had another problem on my hands. Really...hand. But let's narrow it down to a finger.
You all know this cute little guy.
That's Chief, having a ball running around the indoor. He'll be featured this weekend at the Showcase.
I took photos without the splints for my own documentation, but decided to spare you guys from having to see it. I know many of you catch up while having your morning coffee and breakfast, and I don't want to turn any stomachs!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I love all my horses, Topaz and Siggy, of course, and all my Akindale horses (sometimes I think I love them a little too much because it will hurt to let them go when they get adopted), but I just love love love my Zeus.
Today was a decent weather day - high 40's and the wind hadn't picked up too much yet, so I knew I had to get on Zeus again! But, we were bored just wandering around the mud paddock, and I knew we couldn't do much since there is still some icy patches in there. Our ring is still buried in snow, so that was out too.
Oh, what's a girl and her horse to do?
We hit the road, that's what!
Matt very kindly walked a few hundred feet to the dirt road around the corner from us so he could a) make sure I lived and b)...well, it was really pretty much just A. But as a side bonus, he brought the camera along and got some pictures!
This was actually Zeus' first time out without his partner in crime, Siggy. He was perfectly happy to head out the driveway and into uncharted territory - he'd never been down this particular road before. Braving pools, weird broken down trucks and some rowdy youngsters across the street, he was awesome and walked ahead steadily.
Man, it sounds like we live in Harlem, doesn't it?
Anyway, he was fantastic. Our ride was brief, but it was enough that he came home with a good experience and I think his taste for adventure is alive and well!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
In all honesty, the past 2 days, I've felt like I had to post something here. Anything! I think I actually missed posting to this blog every day!
Anyway, next Sunday, March 13th, Akindale is having the first (hopefully Annual) Adoption Showcase at Starlight Farms in New Milford, CT. We'll be featuring about 10 horses, all up for adoption. From the word on the street, the attendance is going to be really good - people are really excited about it!
This event is simply all about the horses. And which ones will be there? Some of them you've met, and some you haven't. For now, we'll do a partial cast of characters.
First up is Singing Low. Yes, that's his name. He's a 4 year old gelding (boy), who was born and raced for Akindale. He's a bit like a toddler - very busy, a minimal attention span, but in the work I've done with him in the past few weeks, people just stop and stare. He can do anything - dressage, jumpers, but secretly, I hope he goes to an eventer - I think he's brave and scopey, and has that "Look at Me!" attitude that confident event horses need.
Then we have one of my favorite little guys! Remember Chief? Or are you saying, "KC, why haven't you taken him home yet?!" Yeah, I know I know. I need about 10 more acres and 5 more stalls, and then I'll be happy. And stop wanting to collect the horses I work with and then fall in love with. Chiefy is 3 this year, and there are a myriad of previous posts about him.