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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Sparky's Last Photos

When I made the appointment with my vet to put down my old sweet mare, I called my childhood friend, A, who is a talented photographer.  We grew up together riding at the same barn, she had known me before Sparky, and was a huge part of my horsey life for many years.  

We made an evening date of July 1 to take what I thought would be amazing final photos of my girl.  Unbeknownst to both of us, I ended up having to put Sparky down the very next morning, so it was such a perfect evening in so many ways.

I could never thank A enough for these photos.  I cherish each and every one of them.


Senior photo (left) 1997
Last photo of us together (right) 2014
~ same spot ~



She looked so good, it was hard to come to terms with the idea that I had to put her down.  








Being the horse savvy friend she is, A was wise enough to take photos of how Sparky stood.  She knew that while I might not be able to look at these specific photos immediately, it would help if I should ever doubt I had made the right choice.  This mare's hind end was literally giving out on her.  And I DID NOT want her to go down and never be able to get up again.









Begging for more carrots, Sparky in the back and Snappy in the foreground 

Dreamy shared the carrots, too

Comments

  1. Such beautiful photos - she was obviously well loved!

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  2. Thank you, Kelly! She was the BEST horse ever, and the BEST first horse a girl could ask for! :-)

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  3. Amazing photos - how nice that your friend was able to get some many good (amazing!) shots for you as a memory of your special girl.

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