12-25-2012, 11:11 AM
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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.