Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where We've Been...

And so, it seems to be time to look back on 2012 and reflect on the adventure that is our horse life.

This was, without a doubt, the most turbulent, successful, interesting year since I've owned Mr. Moon. And I can only hope that next year is as interesting, though hopefully a little less...turbulent.

Me and Mr. Moon. Last January we bought our first horse trailer, which was supposed to get us mobile and travelling the world. We packed up from Coach W's barn in the spring and survived a nerve wracking move to H's where Moon is now happily in love and enjoying the wide open space. We dealt with a bout of unknown lameness that went away, modified our saddle fit with a thin line pad, added Lysine to his diet, swapped over to a new feed supplement and watched him get glossy on pasture grass.

We made it to a solid year of lessons with Coach W. We headed to our first dressage show, got 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. We headed to our second show, and had our first go at jumping. We suffered a lovely leg injury, found ourselves out of commission and spent a little while just getting tubby.

The horse trailer got completely finished, and other than losing a hub cap on the drive over, looked phenomenal. Better than I ever thought. We were ready to roll out.

Except first my car's transmission went and then even better, my relationship with my boyfriend of almost 9 years ended. Suddenly it was all about moving, packing and carrying on. So Mr. Moon enjoyed getting fatter in the pasture, the trailer sat, and all we managed was to get some fun jumping in under saddle.

We spent the fall trail riding with close friends, and realized that is where our heart was. We headed to a second jump show of verticals with those friends, and learned a lot about where we want to go.

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