Friday, July 3, 2009

Home, home on the range...

Right now I'm around 3,000 miles away from the girl. It's funny how much I miss her when I'm away. Part of me wishes that it was possible for me to come home for the summer and just haul her over here at the beginning of summer, then haul her back to the Seattle area at the end of summer.

I know people haul horses all over all the time for competitions, I just get really nervous with the idea of my precious baby girl (yes, I really just called her that) being hauled all over the United States without having a REALLY good reason. Other than I miss her and want to stay on the East Coast longer.

It's funny, a year ago I was leasing Yukon, an amazing 23 year old OTTB (who had been off the track for A LONG TIME of course.) Yukon is a school Master. He is very forgiving, but also loved to go fast. I loved that horse. I still love that horse. I would have bought that horse, but 1. I wasn't in the market for a horse, and 2. He as just a little older than I wanted for my first horse. I wanted (if I were in the market that is) a horse that I could ride for at least 5 years at least 4 days a week, if not daily. I couldn't be guaranteed that he would be able to do that.

Then, on July 6, 2008 I went the the Enumclaw Horse Auction. If you read this and know about the auction, you know how scary it is (for a horse.) I saw Denali, and there was just something about her that made it impossible for me to leave her. I don't know what it is, but the next think I knew I had grabbed my friends bidding number and won her. I explained to the hubby, that it was the same feeling that I got when I met him. I just knew that he was the one, and I just knew that she was the one for me.

Why I thought a 3 year old Appendix was a good idea, I dont' know. I thought I'd give her some more time to grow and then put her in training. Not so. I'm really glad that I have an OTTB, and not an Appendix. Everyone who meets Denali is so impressed with her personality, beauty, her smarts, and most importantly her heart, that I like telling them that she's from the track and indeed NOT CRAZY. I may call her crazy, but she's not "truly" crazy. She's a mare which sometimes I just think = crazy.

Alright, enough rambling.... I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July Weekend!! I also hope that none of your horses get too tramatized by the fireworks!! :)


SprinklerBandit said...

I'm confused. Where do you go for the summer?

That would be hard, though. I'm riding 6 days a week right now. I couldn't stand to be away so long.

Denali said...

No where for long :) Just two weeks back East to visit my family. I don't get home much, which sometimes is a good thing. I wish I could stay longer, but it's hard being away from the girl. When we moved to Denmark I thought I was going to die. I missed my horse loving!!