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June 10, 2011

Seeing Spots: Part 3

Well I spoke with her royal spotted cuteness's owner, Teri today, and we are on for our Sunday morning ride. Teri probably thinks I'm nuttier than a bat I was so excited about Sunday!  Speaking with Teri added to my confidence in this mare as she volunteered a fairly long ride which gives me a good period to look at behavior, quirks, stamina, and soundness.  The little mare I don't think has been out on trail for a  while, so this will give me a good starting picture of where she's at and what might need done. Also a chance to look at a real recovery reading on her pulse after an actual ride.  Today is another Indiana scorcher in the 90's with humidity at around 70% (I call it breathing pea soup).  So I'm glad our test ride isn't today.  By Sunday it is supposed to cool off into the 80's so that will at least be bearable.

I've searched out a bill of sale and an application for registration both of which I'll need Teri to look over if all goes well (please....please....go well) so that I can get her registered.   I know papers don't "mean nothin" in the smaller scheme of things.  But if I have a heart attack that I don't wake up from some day, I'd like to hope that little scrap of paper could at least land her into another endurance or sport horse home with a ride record of some sort attached to her name, or at least a little better home than she'd  might end up with anyway.  Arabians can live up into their thirties, and that would put me at 83 y.o.   I worry about my horse's futures dreadfully. At 20 I would not have thought in such a way because my life seemed like it would last FOREVER.  Now  I know that all I can do for them is what happens TODAY.  But it is my nature to try to hedge the bet however small in their favor if I can.   So I will!  Maybe it changes nothing, but it makes me feel better on some level.

Off to wander outdoors to cut saplings out of the fenceline...oh yay (NOT). ~E.G.


  1. Crossing my fingers for you!

    As to worrying about your horse's future, I am the same way which is why I have worked so hard to make Doc such a likeable all around horse. I think he would have half a dozen people lined up to take him at the moment if something should happen where I could no longer keep him. :-) And of course, the other upside to my investment of time is that I can enjoy him too. I had 2 different trainers recently tell me in the same week tell me what a nice horse he was and how other people pay a LOT of money to have such a nice horse and how lucky I am. Well, I am only lucky because I enjoy working with horses and putting in the investment to have a enjoyable partnership! There was no magic or extraordinary $$ spent. Actually he is considered a throw-away horse in the saddlebred world because he doesn't have the fancy high-stepping action they want for show. So lucky me, he was VERY reasonably priced when I bought him. :-)

    You never know when finances or something sudden should happen that your horse will need a new home and I of course would want the best for Doc!

    So long story short! I totally agree with your logic and thinking here. :-)

  2. Hahah, I called it "living in a sponge." A hot sponge, of course...

    I really hope the cute little Appy works out for you! Definitely got my fingers crossed that she knows how to behave.