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        06-30-2013, 03:30 PM
    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    I was thinking about you the other day.

    One of the horses at my barn is moving to your barn at the end of this month. She is a sweet big ol draft cross mare. You may actually know her as she was trained there. She is deathly afraid of mounting blocks
    Just seeing this now!

    Doesn't happen to be Daisy? I can remember her from awhile ago. If it is her, she's definitely a beautiful mare.

    And a quick update!

    I finished my junior year with a GPA of 90, which is okay, although hopefully this year it will be a bit higher.

    I'm working at the local pool, and getting very good hours which also means I'm rarely at the barn. I'll be honest and say that I don't mind too much, but sometimes I get the horse bug and I know that it's a hobby I want to continue. I also still have a dream of getting a Warmblood yearling some day and eventually competing in dressage and/or eventing. Indie really showed me how fantastic horse ownership is, so it's something I want to have again within the next decade (sooner rather than later). I still miss her dearly, but God must have had bigger plans for her. I had a dream about her a week or so ago as well.

    Also, I looked at Indie's old owner's facebook and found new pictures of Tucker, who was Indie's last foal. He looks like a very handsome colt, and I can see a bit of Indie in him.

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        06-30-2013, 09:42 PM
    Green Broke
    My oldest daughter had a job at the local pool while she was in high school.....she's in her 30's now but still says it was the best job she ever had.

    Good the hear you're doing so well Haley.....and good to read your post...
        06-30-2013, 09:50 PM
    It really is a great job! It sure does beat sitting inside all day, which is what most of my friends do at their jobs. Plus I can remember my own swimming instructors when I was younger, so it's kind of neat to think that in a decade or so, the little kids in early levels will be teaching their own students.
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        07-02-2013, 10:34 AM
    Green Broke
    Glad to hear that you are enjoying your job, and that school went ok. I'm sure there will be a horse at some point in your future. Indie will always have a place in your heart.
        07-02-2013, 01:08 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm glad things are going well with you! And yes Daisy is who I am talking about. She is such a sweety.

    I still think about you often. I like seeing these little updates and seeing that you are doing ok
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        07-03-2013, 01:38 PM
    I hope so, Cacowgirl! And yes, she definitely will... she truly was a special horse.

    And NBEventer, I appreciate you saying that! I always enjoy seeing Ephy pictures on Facebook. :) I had a lesson last night and sure enough, Daisy was in the pasture. My instructor loves her but was disappointed that her owner didn't keep up the training since she worked with her five days a week for awhile to get her W/T/C. Some horses just need to be ridden consistently to keep their training up to par. :)
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        07-03-2013, 02:30 PM
    Green Broke
    So Jore....looking back on it all.....the age old question has always been, Is it better to love and lose, or to never love at all?

    We risk to love, and in the end, we always lose because that's the way of the NOTHING of this world lasts.

    Still, we love, and I believe, that's what god wants us to do and expects us to do. Because god wants us to love, then the loss is only a temporary one, as like Job, the faithful are always restored.

    You're on the way back and much farther along than when your tragedy first manifested itself upon you. It makes an old man happy to see you in a good place again.

    See, broken hearts do mend.....
        07-03-2013, 07:37 PM
    It really is better to love and have lost.

    My instructor told me moments after Indie died that God had already decided when Indie's last day was, and he led her to me because of that, because he knew that I could give her the love and care that all horses deserve. I know I spent a long time wondering why it wasn't a different horse, but I just told myself God needed an extra special angel, and that happened to be Indie. It's kind of strange though, because Indie visited me in a dream a couple weeks ago except she lived in my backyard in a relatively small pasture. In the dream, she kept jumping the fence because there was a bigger paddock in the field, and I would continually bring her back to the smaller pasture until eventually, I realized she was happier there and decided I'd just take care of her in the bigger pasture. I remember Copperhead told me the symbolism behind my other two dreams about Indie, and I really believe my recent dream had symbolism as well.

    Although I'm not incredibly religious, nor do I regularly attend church, being able to believe that her soul was in Heaven and she'd be waiting for me helped more than one would think. I admit to crying while typing this, but I am now able to talk about her briefly without breaking down and I have come to accept her death, even though I would still do anything to have her back. I can only hope I would be so lucky as to find another horse I love just as much, even if it's in a different way. I still have silly regrets about her death, but I can't guilt myself for having not brought her one last apple because in the end, I think Indie still knew how much she meant to me, and always will.

    I really have to thank everyone who supported me on here though, and those who supported me from the beginning as well. I know I could list dozens of names on here, but hearing condolences and all of the support helped me more than I could imagine, because this was the only place where I felt completely comfortable sharing my feelings when Indie died. I struggled a lot with posting on any other thread but my journal after Indie died as well because I felt like I no longer had something to offer the community, but I am now starting to post a bit more and I hope to stick around for a long time. Maybe before the decade is up, I'll be making a new progress journal for another horse... I can hope so anyways. :)
        07-03-2013, 08:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Jore    
    It really is better to love and have lost.
    Maybe before the decade is up, I'll be making a new progress journal for another horse... I can hope so anyways. :)
    Never forget the three greatest things in the Paul tells us in first Corinthians 13.

    1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

    2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

    3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

    5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

    6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

    7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

    9For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

    10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

    11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

    12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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        07-23-2013, 01:46 PM
    Another update!

    Work is going great! I am working anywhere between thirty to forty hours a week, and I love it! The staff this year is amazing and the morale is great, because we all get along so well and it's a set of completely new people, aside from a few of us. We do three sessions of lessons and we're halfway through the summer. I still prefer the lower levels, and preschool level, but I have a level five this session and I am enjoying it thus far. They do have a worse attention span than my level one class last session. :P

    I always recommend to the parents to have their kids continue with lessons and eventually take Bronze, because summer jobs do not get much better than lifeguarding. It's so rewarding to see the improvement, and it's just a great job.

    Horse-related update will be below!

    I am going to a lesson tonight, although I'm going to be cancelling my individual lesson until the summer is over, since I am working so much. I'll be starting back up with two lessons a week once September rolls around though.

    In my last lesson, we worked on jumping and striding. My confidence is higher than it has been for awhile, and I can only hope that Indie is proud of me for continuing with my lessons. It's really difficult to get Major to lengthen his stride, but he keeps it consistent and since he loves jumping, he usually clears the jump with little issue. It takes him a couple rounds to actually realize he needs to pick his knees up though.

    Also, I am starting to research Warmblood lines because I think that eventually, I would love to own one. I've mentioned it before, but I am planning on moving to Ontario in the next few years and I am hoping to take dressage lessons with the goal of competing. For this reason, I want to learn more about Warmbloods and perhaps at one point, purchase a yearling. Expensive, yes, but I figure that if I successfully become a psychologist, I could comfortably afford a yearling and would continue lessons at a quality barn with experienced dressage trainers as the horse matures. When the horse is old enough, I'd have more knowledge in dressage and would still have the assistance of quality instructors.

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