I’ve been having to feed, clean stalls, mow the grounds, shop for feed and hay all on my own. Most of it, ‘after’, I get off from an 8-10 hour day at work. I thought it would be a breeze for me to keep up with the demand of having two horses, three dogs, a cat and one small parakeet. How ever, I forgot to calculate everything else that needs to be done in between. Such as: Shopping for groceries. Cleaning house and paying bills. Did I forget to mention, sleep? I’ve had to take the vehicles in to the dealership for oil changes and maintenance. You know, ‘the usual stuff that contributes to our daily lives’! No big deal, right? Maybe for a younger solitary individual. It just wasn’t working for me. I’m heading for the big 6-0 shortly after the New Year and I’m already feeling overwhelmed with most of the up-keep on this place.
I thought long and hard over my predicament. My survival skills have kicked in and decided it was time to let my old horse go. ‘Sad, I know’. Since I can only ride one and he’s getting to old to teach him anything. He’s is the ultimate Cadillac for trail riding. But, I had to make a choice. It’s either Handsome or Jewels. She ain’t going! I’ve come to love her like a partner. I stumbled accidentally on a family that wanted a horse for their teenager. She’s new to riding and their other girls have horses of their own. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for him to have his very own girl to love again. They are a large family of 16. The mother and father and 14 children. Seven still at home. All of them, adopted. They have 105 acres of land near Sulphur Springs, Texas. They came and got him on Monday. It was a sad day here on the home front and I could hardly breathe loading him onto their trailer.
As I watched them drive away. I remembered the day, I, got my first horse. It was a life changer for me. And, it’s been a bigger than life addiction and my passion since that very first day. Thank you, Mom! I must have cried for hours. My head was about to explode. On the day before. I took Jewels to a boarding facility. “Debi Jones Performance Horses”. It’s a really nice place. It has an indoor arena, a hot-walker, and a round pen. I also take riding lessons there on Mondays. The woman who runs the business, is the one who encouraged me to ride Jewels last year, after that riding accident the year before. To top it all off, the barn is full of beautiful show horses. The best thing about it? I don’t have to care for her on a daily basis. Instead, I can actually go out there in the evenings 4-5 times a week . I’ll be able to enjoy her more.