Sunday, July 30, 2017

Goldilocks and the three OTTBs

If you can recall from your childhood, Goldilocks was a really pain in the ass. Like the kind of girl you'd never take out to eat because she always sends back food or complains that music is too loud and trying to figure out how to please her seems like a path to insanity in trying. Certainly, finding a suitable horse for Goldilocks could be deemed equally as challenging, I mean, if she's that fussy about a bed or how her breakfast is served, then how in the hell would finding a horse be any easier?

In this story, Goldilocks will be played by me, and not to worry, I am not nearly as finicky as the fairy-tale protagonist. I have however, learned enough about myself and the kind of horse I want as MY personal ride and the journey to finding said horse is not unlike the fable of a girl with yellow hair and too many opinions.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How do you sum up a year?

It seems impossible to try to quantify the last year in facts and figures. Because it's more than just minutes and hours of holding horses for the farrier, legging up sales horses, creating marketing material, walking up that damn hill to the ring (again), commuting for hours, and falling in love with basically every sales horse. 
Just a couple of numbers I put together from the last year!

Leaving my job of 11 years to pursue horses full time brought me to a place I didn't know existed. It's a been a journey of stripping away everything I thought I knew about these four-legged creatures and learning everything for seemingly the first time. But it's been more than just the time spent with horses because I've been able to discover fortitude within myself that I didn't know I possessed. I mean, I've always been a pretty driven person, passionate about many things (horses being just one of those things) and I tend to delve in, 100%... but, like many people, I am scared of failing and instead shrinking away from a challenge, tail between my legs back to safety and security. 

So, I dove in... and here I am a year later... and I still want to be here. In some ways, that feels like a success. But, there's more to it than just perseverance. 

A year later and my elbows STILL don't bend:)

Beyond just persevering, I set some lofty goals for myself -- and I never really said them out loud for fear of jinxing myself, but there were two big ones that I managed to pull off. 1.) Save for, research and buy a trailer and truck to pull it with and 2.) Find a horse that makes you smile every single day.

Mission accomplished
So thank you to all of the people who supported me over the last year and made me feel like my dreams and passions were more than just a pipe dream. I'm excited to get back to blogging and I have so many fun and crazy experiences from the last year to reflect upon!

Stay tuned!