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    12-23-2012, 12:33 PM
Green Broke
Hi, Hayley-it saddens me that you are so down right now. Indie was a wonderful horse & you two were doing great as a team....but life happened & now you are so sad. I hope you continue w/your lessons & dream about loving another horse-maybe not right now, but someday. Praying that you find the peace you deserve. Know in your heart that Indie enjoyed her time w/you.
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    12-24-2012, 06:55 PM
December 24, 2012

Somehow got convinced to go to the church service tonight. Coincidentally, someone I know from the 'horse side of things' came and sat in the pew with us. My mom had asked her if she was excited for Christmas and she said that she had opened quite a few of her presents up at her sisters and that most of it was horse stuff. I think my mom bought my new winter riding gloves and a new barn jacket... but had Indie still been here, I'd have been getting loads of horse stuff and I'd have been anxious to go spend my money at tack shops. So, needless to say, I had to sniff back a few years and I am doing so again as I type this.

Hopefully Indie will have a good Christmas up in Heaven.
    12-24-2012, 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
Hi, Hayley-it saddens me that you are so down right now. Indie was a wonderful horse & you two were doing great as a team....but life happened & now you are so sad. I hope you continue w/your lessons & dream about loving another horse-maybe not right now, but someday. Praying that you find the peace you deserve. Know in your heart that Indie enjoyed her time w/you.
I hope so.. I feel like quitting my lessons most of the time though.
    12-25-2012, 12:35 AM
Green Broke
What would Roger do without you?
    12-25-2012, 11:11 AM
Well.. probably just be ridden by my instructor and one of her adult students, since us three are the only ones who get to ride him. I don't think I'll quit since I need to keep learning so I'm ready for a *hopeful* OTTB in the spring/summer but some days (well, all), I just wish I could ride Indie one last time.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

I admit, I'm pretty lucky to have the family I have.. because I'm relatively spoiled, to be honest. I have everything I need and got quite a few great things for Christmas.. although I just opened all the presents from my mom and one of my aunts today. I'm going with my dad tomorrow though, and my grandmother and honorary grandfather are coming up this afternoon.

I can't complain about anything, simply because I never asked for anything for Christmas. Indie was technically my gift from my dad, I basically had told him that if he bought me a horse, he'd never have to buy me anything again or even contribute to my wedding if I ever got married. So, realistically, the one thing I wanted for Christmas wasn't possible.

I got Beyond the Track by Anna Ford as well, and I'm really enjoying it so far. It seems to cover everything so I should be well prepared. I'm thinking that being started under saddle isn't a necessity for the horse since I can get my instructor's help (or the trainer who NBEventer told me about maybe since she does dressage). I think it'd be a really rewarding experience but I would have to be positive that the horse has a good temperament. We'd have to focus on groundwork for quite while too so that would be great for bonding. It'd be nice for Indie to be able to live on through another horse.

My ideal horse is basically a clone of Indie (except appearance). Sensible, enough attitude to keep me thinking, lots of potential, affectionate (enjoys being handled, or is at least not a complete grouch), good with other horses (although from what I understand, that is worked up to). Indie's ground manners weren't the best when she first arrived but she started respecting me after I corrected her over the course of a couple visits. She would always rub on me quite hard when I tried getting the bridle on and would never stand still for anything.

I also would want to do dressage and jumping, maybe working up to eventing as I eventually want to move to Ontario and I think that would give me lots of options.

I just hope Indie is having a great Christmas up there and knows that I still love her and miss her a lot. I always tell her I love her and miss her every night before bed so she should know it by now anyways. God only takes the best and that's the truth.
    12-25-2012, 11:15 AM
My mom also got me a new barn jacket (with the barn's logo on it) and instead of just putting my last name on the back, she put "Forever in My Heart" with Indie's name and November 21, 2012 written under it. Then my last name is above it. It was about time for a new jacket.. my old one was pretty scuffed up from all the use.
    12-25-2012, 11:41 AM
Green Broke
So glad to see you posting-your jacket sounds really neat. Losing a horse like Indie will take time to recover from,& she will always have a place in your heart. But that doesn't meant your heart can't take in another someday,but not until you're ready. Be patient-your grief is still raw & there is no timeline. Be kind to yourself. Sounds like your family is being supportive-hope you let them know they are appreciated for all their help through this tough time.
Healing prayers & a cyber hug coming your way.
    12-25-2012, 11:57 AM
Thank you.

I doubt I'm even going to be getting another horse until I'm out of university (whenever that is...). I found a super nice looking three year old mare for $1500 and all my mom could say was "still not quite as much as the vet bill your dad had to pay." Oh well, I'll just save up my money and get a horse anyways whether they support it or not. I'll go apply for a job once I get my license in February and then I'll be able to pay for everything anyways.
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    12-25-2012, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
There's nothing stronger than a fathers love for his daughter except a mothers love for her son.
    12-25-2012, 12:14 PM
Yeah, although my dad isn't the best at showing it. We're too much alike so we don't get along very well, although we got along good when I had Indie.

I've decided to take a break from riding though. I just am not enjoying it like I should and going to lessons has become a chore. Maybe if I found a different instructor.. but hopefully I'll decide to go back before too long.
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