Begin the World Over Again

When I lost Runkle, after climbing my way through the haze of the awful decision I was just forced to make, my first thought was: I have to go horse shopping. Again. Fuck.



Horse shopping is THE WORST. I've never sold a horse so I can't attest to which is harder but shopping is TERRIBLE. Especially when you're an ammie, to be honest. You don't have the finances for more than one horse. This one has to be the one. They have to have everything. And I can't afford to buy a horse, keep it for a little bit, realize I don't like it and then sell it to get another. My budget isn't by the grace of my parents, it's my scraped together money that I found here and there when I skipped going out to dinner or on vacation or didn't buy new work clothes.



I tentatively started asking around pretty quickly. My heart doesn't do well without a horse. And I knew it would take me awhile to find what I was looking for. The biggest difference between last time and this time was now I had a measure. I had a 'base 0': Runkle. Whatever horse I tried I had to like more than Runkle.

I wrote the typical 'girl seeks horse' ad and got a flood of horses.

Let me tell you, the internet is full of crap. And full of people who can't read. And also full of nice wonderful horses. It's sifting through the first two to get to the third that's agony.

It didn't end up surprising me when Runkle actually led me to my next horse.

As soon as I wasn't raw enough to admit I was horse shopping, Keri (who put me in touch with Runkle and for some reason lets me
get run away withgallop race horses a few times a month) said she had something for me to look at. Incidentally, I remember her posting when she got the horse and I remember wishing I could have two. Cause he was skinny and needed let down time but damn was this animal gorgeous.

Note the date on that.
He was also probably a foot taller than I was looking for, but I agreed to 'just come out and see him'. Famous last words, amirite?

Our 'before' confo shot
My first thought upon seeing him was he was way too big. My first thought upon riding him was oh my god, he's way too big and his walk feels as good as it looks. And then I jumped him over some little x's, and some bigger verticals, and went out in a field and over some little logs and I was giggling.



And for twenty minutes I forgot about what a shitshow disaster my life had been and I was having fun again. I knew I couldn't walk away from that.

I don't know how I got so lucky. Again. I loved Runkle, I will always love him. He was fun and challenging and athletic, full of spitfire and silliness. Indy is completely different but also exactly my type of ride. He's gorgeous and has excellent manners and I can have fun on him. He has a heart of gold.

Grazing is hard when you're tall
What can I say? I'm a lucky girl.


Comments

  1. The universe works in mysterious ways. I'm glad Indy came into your life and is bringing you joy 💜

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    1. i'm not about to start questioning it now. we're here and thats all that matters. thank you :)

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  2. <3 this :D

    nothing can ever really justify or rationalize the level of trauma and bs of your past recent months. but i am thrilled to see you emerging on the other side with such a wonderful new partner and so much hope and optimism for the future!!!!

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    1. hey if i dont have hope ive really got nothing. and indys so great... ive got a bit more than hope i think :) :)

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  3. Love the big guy! I am so glad you found him <3

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  4. I'm so happy he came around at just the right time after all. He looks like he's really special. That walk!

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    1. thats why they call him big sexy walk (and by they i mean emma)

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  5. Yay Indy! He is gorgeous. I am so excited to learn EVERYTHING about him!

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    1. ah well if you stay tuned there may or may not now be a whole blog devoted to his royal cuteness :P

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  6. Congratulations! He's lovely!

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  7. Selling and Buying is awful just different kinds of awful because I swear half the world can't read. I'm happy for you and that you found your horse rather quickly in the grand scheme of things

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    1. it really is the literacy rate on horse buyers/sellers must be close to 0. i'm like my budget is a HARD X and theyre like oh yes but I have this horse for 15k I know thats 3x what you wanted to spend but I could go down to 12 call me!!!!

      no. never.

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  8. I love it. Being happy with your horse is the best choice!

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  9. he is lovely and i am so so happy for you! He looks great. How BIG is he? he looks ginormous to me!!! (But that is not saying anything I am a wimp)! Can't wait to see what you do with him. And wow he is such a nice mover....

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    1. yeaaaaah i was looking at like 16h horses... he is a SOLID 17.2 and he might grow a little more yet even cause he's so young. I mean I hope he doesnt but.... oi.

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  10. Love that Indiana Jones found you at just the right moment! What a meant-to-be! <3

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    1. yeah i totally believe in fate, shamelessly

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  11. I'm so happy for you Megan! Indy looks like he's such a great new chapter in your life. It seems quite fitting that Runkle lead you to him:)

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  12. What a handsome dude! Happy for you :)

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  13. I am exactly where you were right now. Horse shopping is the pits and the internet is crazy. Are there any more lovelies hiding where these two gorgeous creatures came from?

    http://floppyammy.blogspot.com/

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