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    12-15-2012, 01:51 PM
Thanks, everyone. I don't think money is the issue since the both make a fairly good amount of money, and haven't ever had issues with leasing or with paying for Indie's upkeep or any of that. We've always been very well off compared to the majority of families around my area.

But, I think as non-horse people, the big vet bill came as a shock.. and since they're not horse people, they probably can't justify wanting to have to spend that much money again if something similar happens. Maybe I can look into horse insurance if I get another horse? We have insurance for my Papillon, so maybe that's a valid option...

Luckily for me, Cali isn't too accident-prone *fingers crossed*

DSC_0151 by Right Cute Cali, on Flickr

She'll be two years old this coming March. I originally was going to be getting an Australian Shepherd, but since my mom was going to be watching her while I was in university, we figured it wouldn't be fair to such a high energy breed at only two to have to be limited to a smaller amount of activity while I was away. However, I think I want to look into some dog sports with her, likely fly ball and/or agility.

I've been busy lately hence my lack of posts. Grade 11 is packed with work! Although I met with my English teacher for advice on our OMAM essay to get pointers and I have a feeling that I'll be doing very well on it.

I'm still kind of mad about things that Laura said on Wednesday though. That'd she like to see me get a horse who has already been trained because I am not ready to train a horse myself. But, 1) I am well aware that I can't train a horse myself 2) I did well with Indie, and considering Major and I were topping our classes the past two years.. I think I did a good job at putting hours on him because when I first began leasing him, he was still learning to canter and 3) I would appreciate her having a bit of confidence in me and 4) I would like a younger Thoroughbred, not a push button fifteen year old Quarter Horse and 5) I doubt my parents are willing to pay extra money when I can find a horse that fits what I want instead of what Laura wants me to have. Oh, and 6) I think as long as the horse has a nice personality, I will be able to handle him/her with help.

But, in the end, no horse will ever be like Indie.

Also, a completely unrelated thought, the elementary school shooting made me realize that things can always be worse. And in all honesty, I feel like the whole world is going downhill with all of these mass shootings. However, I really cannot fathom what irrationality could have been going through his mind when the shooter did such a horrendous thing, especially considering the fact that his mother was at home and not at the school.
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    12-15-2012, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Your trainer sure things in a different light than you do-horse-wise. But, ultimateley your parent's have the last say as it's their money & I'm sure those vet bills were significant. They probably don't want to repeat that, or see you suffer again. But it really couldn't be forseen, since you did a PPE, & you certainly did everything you could for her-I think you were a very good horseowner.
As for the school shooting-I heard the Mom was shot at home first before he went to the school,& did that. It's all just very sad-prayers to all involved in this tragedy.
    12-15-2012, 03:09 PM
Yeah, I think we definitely have a lot of different opinions with a few things that we can agree on. But, I think when it comes down to it, I know what I can handle and what I can't. I'm not the type of person who will do something I'm not comfortable with, so if I went out to try a horse and I wasn't comfortable on said horse.. I wouldn't bother with a purchase.

And thank you, it means a lot to hear that everyone thinks I was a good horse owner because I tried my best for her every single time I went up to see her. I just wish there was more I could've done.
    12-15-2012, 03:15 PM
    12-16-2012, 09:17 AM
Green Broke
What are your plans for a horse while you're at university?

Were you going to take Indie with you?
    12-16-2012, 07:13 PM
I was planning on half leasing her to someone if I could find someone who I felt comfortable leaving her care too. I was also going to look at the possibility of moving her closer, or just coming down on weekends. I was even hoping to look into equestrian teams, if perhaps they had a dressage team or something of the sort.
    12-17-2012, 09:26 AM
Originally Posted by Jore    
I was planning on half leasing her to someone if I could find someone who I felt comfortable leaving her care too. I was also going to look at the possibility of moving her closer, or just coming down on weekends. I was even hoping to look into equestrian teams, if perhaps they had a dressage team or something of the sort.
Looking into equestrian teams is still a good idea. I don't know if you're aware of how they work; if not, the brief explanation is that at college (IHSA and whatever the dressage equivalent acronym is) shows, you ride the horses who live at the facility holding the show. No team brings their own horses. Obviously the college who is at "home" for a show has an advantage, but as the shows move around, everyone gets their home show so it evens out. Team practices at my university were held three times per week (if not more) and always on the college's school horses. I wasn't on any of the teams, but thought that having your own horse and being on one would be terribly stressful, since you'd have to make the time to exercise your horse in addition to the heavy team practice on schoolies schedule, showing on weekends, and occasionally going to class. It was fantastic for people who didn't have horses, as they could ride a lot more than they otherwise would.

So don't write off teams. You don't need your own horse and it's an amazing opportunity to ride many different horses.
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    12-20-2012, 04:15 PM
I'll definitely still look into it then, hopefully my university will have some sort of program like that.

December 20, 2012

I haven't really had the motivation to come to the forum lately.. mainly because I don't have anything to add anymore. Maybe some day I will, who knows.

The girl I ride with went to look at another horse today, while I sit at home doing nothing but watching The Walking Dead. I might as well be the walking dead. My life now basically consists of school, sitting at home and then playing with my dog. I never feel like having friends over, probably because I see them enough at school. Not having Indie makes me realize how few things I really did besides going to the barn. I went from having hardly any free time to too much of it.

I haven't even been able to go see Indie's grave in what seems like forever. I feel so guilty. But the sun always goes down early now and usually I only go up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I will try to visit before Christmas.. maybe make the Christmas treat I was going to make her and just set it by the grave and scatter it beside it.

I was going to buy her a boredom buster stall toy and a neat looking aztec print halter for Christmas.
    12-20-2012, 04:18 PM
You need another horse, like, now.........
    12-20-2012, 04:28 PM
Dear, when you get to feeling as bad as you are, the best thing you could do is help others. Is there a therapy barn you could work at for awhile? This will help you get back to "normal" and then, when spring comes, maybe you can start a campaign to get another horse.
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