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.