I'm so sorry. I understand how your feeling. I worked at a therapeutic barn for about 8 years, and you wouldn't believe the horses I saw come and go. Some were retired, some didn't fit in the program, and some were put down. It's always hard to let go, but I think you'll fall in love with another horse someday. Maybe it won' be the same kind of love, but love all the same. Don't let the lack of Junior take you away from horses. Keep your chin up, at least you know he went to a good home. =]
I'm hoping so. When I can start riding again, I'm hoping to maybe work off a few extra rides a week, where I may start riding some new horses.
When I first opened this thread I thought you were going to say that Junior had passed on. I'm glad he's going to a great home though to live out the rest of his life.
I miss this pony so much! Like you he was the pony who taught me how to ride. He wasn't like the normal school ponies. Even though he was difficult at times, once you gained his trust he was amazing. He was the first pony I ever rode, and kicked me while tacking up for my first lesson. After my first lesson with him I was a bit too scared to ride him. Eventually, when I first started riding him again I was scared to death. But after being put on him lesson after lesson I fell in love. Junior was my first horsey soul mate. We just clicked. I even leased him for about 2-3 years and loved every minute of those few years. I jumped up to 3 ft on him and learned how to become a much better rider. He was also the pony I've fallen off of he most. I've probably fallen off of him about 30 times. I even have a scar on my arm from when he stopped at a jump, and I went flying onto the jump and scraped my arm on the metal jump cup. I was never able to show him because of money but I bet he would have been a superstar.
Sounds just like me! Actually, the more I talk to people at the barn, everyone who's ever spent time riding Junior has a story like us. Seems like he was just special that way :) THey got a new mare named Twiggy and she's supposed to be like a new Junior....I watched a girl fall off of her after Twiggy fre.aked out and bucked at another horse...seems promising, eh?
Actually apparently he was known for bucking at shows XD My friend, who rides at another barn, shows a lot so I'd always ask her if she saw Junior...she always said, "Oh, he was the pony bucking all his riders off, right?"
I'm so glad that I get to see these updates on him from you (and all the other horses and ponies I first rode, too). It is soo sad to see all the horses I started out riding either being sold or having to be put down. I'm glad to hear you got to say goodbye to him. I bet that helped a ton.
Glad to help :) It is hard, watching them leave. Joey is still there, though (did you ever ride Joey?) He's no longer a crazy, instead packing kids around haha. Lilly is still there as well, giving w/t/c lessons. (I think that's all who are left). Obie was sent to a therapeutic riding center a few years ago....Streaker and King died in 2004/2005 (a week apart from eachother)... I think that's about it? I don't know who you would have known.
It was nice to say goodbye...in typical Junior fashion, he bit my helmet when I was putting his blanket on.
What a perfect snot!