Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Yessir, That's My New Baby!
So, to the above left is my new baby. His registered name is UDidWhaaat (Jockey Club # J28162), but the folks at the ranch call him Wayne. I call him Big Red; and, boy, is he a hubba-hubba honey, or what?
I rode from the age of nine, until I left for college at eighteen. It was the biggest part of my life. The day I sold my last horse was one of the saddest in my life. I've had horrible nightmares about him for the past eighteen years -- usually involving his sitting neglected in his stall with no one to care for him. But, I had thought that I was over horses. Until Sadie began to take lessons at the Pony Tail Ranch in Renton.
As I watched her learning the ins and outs of horsemanship, it all came flooding back to me -- coupled with an incredible yearning. A few weeks ago, the owner of the ranch introduced me to Big Red. Yowser! He's an off the track Thoroughbred who was never raced. You might think that's a lot of horse for an almost-eight-year-old and her eighteen-year-horse-hiatus mama to handle. And, you'd be right. But, it's not like this is uncharted territory. My last horse, Spirit, was also OTTB. I have a bond of natural sympathy with this noble breed.
So we're taking it slowly and having a blast. He's a good boy -- very affectionate and willing. I have every confidence that we'll get along swimmingly. I cannot help but think that this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. And I am so blessed to be able to share it with my daughter.