Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Red Mare Returns

In a whirlwind of events, Suzie is back home again and all seems right with the world.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you were lucky enough to witness that Spud and I were part of a friend's wedding. The same friend who was generous enough to let my mare join her small herd and graze on twenty acres.

A wedding sneak peek ;)
 Leading up to the wedding, I had brought Finn back to work after his chiropractic and unfortunately, it seemed as though we kept hitting a wall. The unevenness and short-striding on his left side did not remediate itself and the last video I sent his owner, he was worse off than he had ever been.

His owner and I spoke at great lengths as to what we wanted to do, and the end result was that we both wanted the very best for Finn, but the short-striding was a forewarning of what would come if I continued to push him into a riding career again. Due to his age and current fitness level, his owner and I both agreed he would be best suited for light riding - no more walk/trot/canter in a frame, lengthenings, etc. Just plodding along on a loose rein with minimal contact.

Thank you for the memories <3
So I had to make the decision - keep Finn for the remainder of the season, without the possibility of showing him and riding him "hard", or bring Suzie home and lightly ride her?

I chose the latter.

It's unfortunate things turned out the way they did with Finn, but I will forever be grateful to him for helping me achieve one of my yearly goals (although I did want it to be completed with Suzie, it was just as wonderful to have a stand-in chestnut horse bring me to victory, too).

Winning high point was pretty friggen special.
I hadn't wanted to blog about it initially, since most of my posts seem to be laiden with a dash of sadness, but this is the reality of the horse world sometimes. It sucks, it really sucks but it also wasn't really that surprising.

A good canter through the field on Suzie last Thursday night cured me of all my insecurities about my decision, removed me of my sadness, and rid me of whatever guilt I had over a situation I couldn't control.

Mare has settled back in, no muss no fuss.
Welcome back, Suzie.

17 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I'm sorry things didn't work out as you'd hope, but I'm glad Susie is home and a nice warm shoulder for you to lean on:)

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  2. Welcome back Suzie! I'm sorry that things ended the way that they did, but happy that you're able to have her as a nice shoulder and that she could perk you up.

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  3. I'm glad Suzie is back home with you and sad that the circumstances are what they are :(

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  4. That's rough, but I'm glad that Suzie is back home.

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    1. I'm glad, too. I think she wishes she was still out on pasture, lol.

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  5. That's rough, but I'm glad that Suzie is back home.

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  6. YOu did the right thing by both horses. I'm glad that Suzie is back!

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    1. Thank you. It was a tough decision, but it needed to be done.

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  7. Too bad things didn't work out perfectly, but happy to see Suzie back home!

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    1. You win some, and you lose some. Things will get better.

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  8. It's too bad about Finn, but yay for Suzie being back

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    1. It is; but I am also super happy to have her back home :)

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    1. I actually think she was kinda pissed to be home since she loved it out there, lol.

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