What They Taught Me: Ned
|So into it.|
Upon setting foot in the City of Brotherly Love, I immediately went about looking for a barn. I ended up at my current farm because I wanted to change tracks and get into eventing for the first time. There were a couple options available for leasing and the idea of being able to ride more consistently after spending years only riding once a week was too tantalizing to ignore.
|A show on my 25th birthday, where we got 7th OF COURSE.|
|The day we met.|
|My first time cross country schooling EVAR.|
|The purple transformation becomes complete.|
After eight beautiful months of competing and galloping through hill and dale all over the East Coast we started to hit some walls. He struggled with some symptoms of aging that culminated in a very bad fall and a trip to the ER. After sorting that out he felt better under saddle but then struggled navigating through the barn, the indoor, and eventually the outdoor. It was never clear why he went blind in one eye to begin with but he appeared to be losing his sight in the other eye as well, finally resulting in him going completely blind. We made the decision to let him go a few days before Christmas.
I was devastated to lose this horse. He helped me remember who I was and took a green eventer and allowed me to feel what a true cross country horse felt like. I finally felt inspired to write this post because I still have pictures of him littered around my apartment. I look so genuinely happy in all of them. He was a beautiful, giving animal who had nothing but try in his heart and he made me fall deeply in love with this sport. I'm more than proud to be able to say I could be a part of his story.
Thank you so much, Ned. You turned this rider into an eventer for life.