So I started training a small Shetland pony almost 3 years ago and it began with my instructor not having any students small enough and schooled enough to start and train a horse. I was so really for the challenge and had always wanted to train my own horse and so Lacey became part of my life. At that time we agreed to train her and sell her as I an 5’4 and she being only 11hh wasn’t meant to last with me and I was okay with that.
Now after what would have been 3 years in July we have sold my magnificent mare to a green family and I can’t stop thinking about her or crying when I talk about her being gone. I don’t know how to accept this. We have had many horse come on leases or part time boarders we got to use in lessons and a couple deaths of old ponies and horses and they have all been sad but I never felt like this. I thought I was totally prepared to train and sell horses.
In Jan when we found this family, my instructor met them and showed Lacey and said they loved her and would be a great match. I only got to email and talk on the phone with her family as they live 1hr and 30mins away while they made payments on her. A month ago today her new family came to pick her up and that was the only time I met them. It was really hard to interact with them since I felt so..____.. I was mostly just being polite but of course broke down as they drove away down the drive way. Today and I just got some pictures of her and her new family and they have been emailing me and called me a couple times to let me know she is doing well and asking questions but when I’m on the phone with them I shake and immediately cry after I hang up. I really didn’t think it would be this hard in the beginning but am trying to save up so if I ever get the chance I can buy her back even if I could only keep her as a lesson pony or driving pony I will. I know she is alive and well but I miss her like nothing else I’ve ever felt before…
I would really like some advice/comfort stories if anyone has gone through this and how you dealt with it as I’m shaking just writing this post and looking at this picture of my pony… I miss this typical curious expression she always wore & her most beautiful face.
I’m teaching Freckles how to hug for an animal behaviour project! It’s so cute. Today was the first day of trials. It is honestly one of the best hugs I’ve ever felt, you just feel so secure I love it. Yall should teach your horses to hug it is one of the best decisions ever (and science projects if you ask me) (:
This is my mini horse who is going to a world class mini horse show in Virginia this summer! what do you think of him?? He is 10 years old, now jumps 3’9″ when loose jumping and 3′ in hand! He has shown before, he pulls a cart, knows several tricks including: rearing, paw, hug, kiss, and is learning to lay down!:) He is very bright and is great with everyone! he lets me lead him even now when i have a broken leg and am on crutches!!! He is an amazing boy! This is his old owners showing him a few years ago!! Thanks! Do you think he will make a good show mini?
I just wanted to share a few of these pics I took the other day. Milo is the bay, my just turned 7 year old Appendix. Chance is the chestnut, my retired 23 year old OTTB. My grandpaw’s Spotted Saddle Horse AJ snuck into a couple of pictures too
And I really think Milo needs to be a horse model….I know he’s mine so I’m biased but dang it he’s so cute and handsome!
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Damian represented Ireland in the 1996 Summer Games in show jumping and now trains in San Marcos, California. Recently, he was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer in his esophagus. However, he has no insurance and his loved ones have been working to raise money for his radiation in order to shrink the tumor in his esophagus, as he cannot eat solid foods.
I’ve only personally met Damian and Jenny Carbonari once, but my dad has done business with them and they are nothing but kind, funny people who love what they do. Obviously, I don’t know either of them very well, but I know that they are both fabulous riders and human beings. Damian’s tough, but any support given would greatly lessen this load.
I wish I could say more, but all I can do is wish them both the best and keep them in my prayers.
Good Luck Guys
**Click the photo to be directed to their fundraiser**
Hhaha, this is from several months ago, I know I should have made a decision and stuck with it instead of grabbing the mane and hopping for the best. We work much better now as well, I just wanted to show what my girl did a while ago when I first started riding her XD.