Writing out that last post effected me more than I thought it would. It is good to know because the rest of story of the saga of 2016 gets a lot more intense so I think it will take some time to get it all out here. Writing is incredibly therapeutic though, it helps you work through your thoughts and emotions in a way that talking about it or thinking about it can not. At least that is my experience. Anywho, just thought I would give an update on what all my ponies have been up to since I was last here.
In 2016 as some of you know, I broke my leg very badly. I will share that story another time I'm sure, but it left me out of the saddle for almost the entire year last year. I was really hoping 2016 could be "our year", but you know how it goes when you make plans with horses! It pretty much always turns to shit. LOL.
A few days before I broke my leg I picked up a new Thoroughbred mare who I named Veronica. She is now living at my moms and being trained for the RRP. I only have room for three at my new place, and I guess Ronnie hit the jack pot and got the OK to live at my moms beautiful farm. To cut this story short Ronnie sliced her bum open very badly the first week she was at my old place and needed something like 17 stitches and a drain. The vet was there every other day looking after the wound and since I was laid up with a busted leg - my boarders and friends also took turns cleaning it.
The week after that, Penny got a strange virus and became very, very ill. She was very lethargic, stiff, but still eating and no temperature. The vet had thought Potomac but I was sure it was lymes. I have seen Potomac before and it just didn't look the same. She was hooked up with an IV and monitored closely every day. I was already an emotional mess from the beginning of the year, and the thought of losing Penny was devastating. I cried so much in the spring of last year I doubt I will ever cry again lol.
|cast off - being a groom and coach for Penny and Bri|
|bit of a long one - just the way she likes it!|
|well deserved !|
I didn't ride her at all in 2016 after my cast was off. I considered it but my leg was still very weak and I figured it would be better to just give her some time off to relax and be a horse, with the goal in mind of 2017 being "our year". I am now finally strong enough to ride her, and we have been going back to work slowly. She has had a lot of work done to her mouth, and she is a much happier horse in her flat work. We are working away at our dressage and not planning on anything until we can improve that. I was going to add about our trip to Little Bromont but this post is already long enough so I will save that for another day.
So although it is half way through the season, I am hoping we can have some good outings in the fall, aiming at Training Three Day, and a Prelim upgrade next year.
|schooling the Prelim out of the water with Bri|
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