It's been years since I had that feeling of my first horse, Let alone my second. My first horse came to me when I was about 12 and that is a story all it's own.
My second horse has now turned 18 and our years together are coming to a point where they will be filled with some more riding, some illnesses and loss. Time goes by so fast. I was thinking of that the other day. I got my Silky at an auction in 1995. She as sold as an 8 year old but upon further examination I found she was only 3. She was a small little scrawny bay mare that was being sold to the meat guys as we call them. I just couldn't let it happen. I started bidding and was determined to take her home.
How fast time fly's by. That seems like yesterday and here she is 18 years old. I do not have much time to ride anymore and for that I am sad. I have promised her I would do my best to find a nice home for her. It still has not happened. She lives in a small shack with Indy my little pinto and they both have to endure the elements for the most part on their own. They are champs though and seem to do just fine. I live 12 miles from them and trek down to feed them once a day.
When I first got Silk she was drugged. The first day she was with me I took her on a ride. Well the drugs wore off on our way home and she became a complete fire ball. Not really what I was looking for. I found a very good trainer to help me with her and before the end of that next summer we were going alone very well. Silk and I attended a few open shows our second year together and our third doing pretty well for just a meat horse.
Time just seems to go by so fast that this year I plan on getting on her at least once a week. We used to ride every day but my body doesn't permit it like it used to. I also have to ride Indy my little guy. I wanted us to have a great relationship that I believe because I do not ride much we never developed. I took him to one show but he was so dirty and grimy from being out in a field all winter it was a complete embarrassment for him and me.
I know my time with Silk is coming to a fast end and it makes me sad to think about her not being with me any more. She deserves a better life than the one I am giving her. She is still my princess that does the silly things she does. So my goal is to get on her and ride as much as I can this spring and summer. To spend more time with both of them and to find us a home together. I know she could live to be well into her 30's but as fast as the time has pasted with us so far that it seems is just around the corner.