I sold Colonel
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Friday, October 12, 2007 11:33 PM
I have never had my own horse before Colonel. Horses were coming through my hands and I had never got an opportunity to build a really close relationship with a horse until Colonel. For 6 years we lived together. He was by himself, no other horse (well, there was one, briefly, but Colonel didn't care about him and was glad when he left). I was the only one who took care of him. With the exception of my husband or son feeding him on occasions when I was gone. I know all his likes and dislikes, his habits and emotions, where to scratch and where not to :) I can honestly say that I have learned how to be a horsewoman during that time and Colonel played a big part in this process.
I have started selling him in August. I didn't talk about it because it was too hard. I have just pretended that I'm working him like nothing is coming. And last Monday was our last day together. We went hacking through the hills, around the lake, galloping across fields. The weather was perfect and the ride was exactly what I wanted for the last ride. And he left to his new home at night. It is a very good home and I'm thankful for that. But my heart is still broken. The reason I'm selling him is because we are moving to Edmonton. It is very expensive to board there and I have decided that it is time to let him go. He is 14 years old, and his canter has issues, it is lateral and flat. It was getting better lately but it will never be normal. He looks his best now. I got pictures ready from photoshoot and got webpage set up with them. I just need to load it to the website. I will do it any day now. Funny, I would never got to making this costume photoshoot if it wasn't for Colonel's sale. I like these pictures very much and will treasure them forever.
Don't worry I will still write my blog. I got a new horse in training. Her name is Rory and she is a red roan quarter horse with very beautiful, powerful trot, very unusual for her breed. With such trot she can easily be a dressage horse and be proud of herself even if she surrounded by warmbloods. She is very forward and riding her is a blast. I'm thankful for this opportunity to help me get through losing Colonel. So, from now on my blog is going to be about training a green horse and developing her gaits and balance.
Happy riding...
 
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