Denali's party went off without a hitch. My dear, sweet husband woke up early and helped me to organize everything that I needed to get ready before heading out to the barn. Ophie's mom and her boyfriend came out to help me too.
A lot of great people came out for food and pony kisses. Our trainer came out and was a little weird. I don't know if she's figured out we're not coming back, but regardless it was weird. She kept commenting how Denali kept sniffing her because she smelled like her horse friends. I reminded her that she was covered in hay, but she was convinced that it was because she smelled like her horse friends. What do I know, I just own her....sigh.
Right after the party was an educational series that the vet puts on. A group of 20 Pony Clubbers came out to pick the fields early. They came in the barn early and I had a lot of questions about Denali and our history. Denali was continuously was informed that she was beautiful. No one could believe that three months ago she couldn't walk without almost falling, I can't believe it.
Towards the end of the party the vet asked that everyone sing Happy Birthday to Denali. I of course being the mature person I am started to cry. I thanked the vet in front of everyone for making it so Denali turned 7. Denali could care Listening to 40 people sing Happy Birthday to your horse is a pretty funny experience.
Sunday I went out to do my shift at the Giant Warmblood barn. I talked to her about my lack of riding over the past few months and asked for a lesson. I have a lesson tomorrow at 1pm as long as the snow holds off. I can drive in snow, however; no one else can drive in snow.
I'm glad I have credit built up. It's going to be the only way I can take lessons for a while. I just found out that the school district cut funding for summer school, so no chance for me to earn extra money. I'm trying to build up our savings (or lack there of) for our next great vet bill. With a husband in grad school we're not exactly rolling in cash. My parents often offer me money but I don't want to rely on them to support my horse habit.
I did manage to come across a barn online today that looks like it might be a good match for us. They specialize in "high needs" horses. They show arabs, but I've heard good things about them. I sent then an e-mail today because I'm sure they have a wait list, and I would need to go see what it looks like in person. I've know that you can't judge a book by it's cover. See example A of the barn Denali use to be at and what they think of the barn. Here are my photos of it here. Not quite the same hu?