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post #381 of 388 Old 11-23-2013, 11:21 PM
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I still follow your thread after all this time. Congrats on doing well in school and having a plan!

I'm glad you've still been riding all this time and have been working on your skill set. It's very admirable! I've been riding less and less these days, but Rusty has been my little miracle and has proved to the world that after breaking his lateral malleolus, he isn't done being a riding horse. I think everything happens for a reason, and I'm betting your next horse will be an entirely new adventure!

As for the friend thing, you aren't alone in that matter. Even in college, it can still be the same way. I've noticed that bigger groups garner this problem more frequently, where if you're quieter or more polite in your case and don't invite yourself, you tend to get left out. I guess there's fewer and fewer people out there concerned about others' feelings - and probably because you are kind, it's hard knowing you put forth such an effort and no one reciprocates.

If it helps you any in knowing you're not alone, my best friends are making lots of other friends, and while it's great that they are, they always want to invite their other friends along on our adventures, and then it always seems like I get left out.

I just realized this is a long, random novel that may or may not make any sense, but I'm glad life is going along mostly well for you.

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post #382 of 388 Old 06-02-2015, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure why, but I had a urge to revisit this thread and here I am... with a long overdue update. Sometimes I lurk here, but not too often.

Life-wise, everything is going pretty great. I did well in my first year of university and love my major, so all is awesome in that sense. I made some great friends and we're renting a house this coming September so that should be a blast! :) I'm in a relationship with the guy I went to prom with... we started dating a bit before prom, after talking since that November. We broke up in the summer, because he was going to university on the other side of the country, but kept talking and hanging out... then kept in touch through university and talked everyday and skyped weekly. Then my dad flew me out over spring break and we decided to get back into a relationship again. So all has been great since then. :)

Horse-wise, I kept riding up until I started work last summer. I want to get back into eventually but that will have to wait until I'm done my degree. Although there's a barn near my university so eventually I might look into a monthly lesson or something.

Indie-wise, it's been two and a half years and although she doesn't cross my mind everyday... my heart still aches when I think of her and just typing this up made me cry. I really think she took a piece of me with her when she left. I want another horse one day, so I'm hoping I'll be able to love that horse as much as I loved her in that short time we had together.
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post #383 of 388 Old 06-02-2015, 07:11 PM
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Jore, nice to see you back here. I remember your story well! It's great that you're having such a wonderful university experience. And I can absolutely promise you that horses will still be waiting for you in your 20s, 30s, and beyond once you're done with school and settled into your career! Sounds like you're prioritizng what's right for you at this point in your life, and that's great!
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post #384 of 388 Old 06-03-2015, 11:38 AM
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Glad to hear things are going well!
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post #385 of 388 Old 06-04-2015, 04:48 PM
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I often think about you and it's nice to find things going so well with you.

Indie was special.

Don't take so long to update next time!
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post #386 of 388 Old 06-04-2015, 06:53 PM
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Glad you're enjoying life. And I can relate - the horse I had for 9 years growing up died 11 years ago at the end of this month and I still feel that little twinge when I think about her. She died just a few days before my high school grad and like you, I went off to university and with that and working, didn't end up riding for another 6 years. Now that I'm stable with work and school, I absolutely love my horse time. I don't think you can ever find a horse that measures up to that first horse (at least I haven't been able to yet!), but there will be others that will have their own quirks and personalities that you will be able to love almost the same!
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post #387 of 388 Old 08-23-2015, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Back again with another little update! I was laying in bed tonight and Indie crossed my mind for some reason. Just last week I had a dream about her too... it was strange. In the dream, I hadn't gone to the barn to see her for a couple years and I was astonished to realize it had been so long so I rushed to the barn and was all worried about what type of condition she would be in. I don't really know the meaning of it, but it was nice for her to appear in my dream like that.

It's true what they say though about people not realizing exactly what they have until it's gone though. Like I never doubted how much I loved Indie when I had her, but even today... two years and a half later, I still cry when I think about her and she still crosses her mind. I think that's because she was such an amazing horse and I had waited so long for a horse to call my own.

I am looking forward to the future though, when I'll be able to get back into riding and have a horse to call my own again. I follow a couple OTTB pages on Facebook and the chestnut mares never fail to pull at my heartstrings... so I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up with another chestnut.

And I'm also heading back to school in a week which is exciting! I have a house with my friends so that'll be a new experience as well. Then my boyfriend (who goes to school out west) wants to pay for me to come visit him out there for a week in October so I'm looking forward to that too!
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post #388 of 388 Old 02-04-2016, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Just posting tonight because Indie crossed my mind and so now I'm relatively upset. I don't know if it's normal to still get so upset over her... afterall, we only had three months together and somehow it's been three years since she passed away. I don't know if it's because of how she passed away or if I just had so much love to give her that it's still there; I think it's a combination of both. I even googled "guttural pouch infection" and looked at symptoms and one of the symptoms was a stiff neck... and I remember her taking awhile to loosen up in her neck. And another symptom was nasal discharge... she sometimes had a runny nose but it never seemed like something bad. And it does say it's an extremely rare infection but reading it just made me think maybe there's something I could have done.

But on a more positive note, I had a 3.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) last semester and I have been doing just as well so far this semester. So hopefully in a couple years I will make the transition to a graduate school if I keep it up. :)

Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.
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