In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.

Back on the Horse

Well.  This has been a rough year.  I rode a whopping 175 AERC miles early on — 50 each on Consolation and Acey, and 75 on Karen Bumgarner’s boy Blue.   After that, I spent the summer trying unsuccessfully to diagnose Consolation’s mystery issue and treating Acey for ulcers.  I’m not sure whether either of them will return to the sport.  Only time will tell.

I’ve probably ridden fewer than 20 hours total since June.  Though I have done some training, I have been largely absent, both from the endurance world and from The Barb Wire.  I have been thinking.  About horses.  Priorities.  Dreams.  Direction.

I am pulled between two passions:  the Barb Horse, and endurance.

My herd contains some of the finest Spanish Colonial blood available.  I want to see it preserved, promoted, and used.  Beyond that, I know and love each individual horse as though it were part of my own soul.

And yet, I find my endurance focus sharpening.  I want to ride more, more competatively, over longer distances.  To have the best chance at success, I need to ride the right horses.  Arabs.

You are about to see a shift.  More of my Barbs are available for sale to approved homes; I’ll update the sales page shortly.  And I am bringing home a couple Arabians.   I think I know which ones, but final decisions remain to be made.

I’ll soon be riding more.  Which means I’ll be blogging more.  Which means I’m back on the horse.

Ride on.

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4 responses

  1. A big change. Hope you can find great homes for your Barbs. Will you keep some of them…so positively gorgeous! Wish I was loaded…

    October 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

  2. Debby

    Awesome! can’t wait! I have an arabian filly whom is my pride & joy! I used to have 5 arabians, but downsize to a smaller herd. Good luck on your new path!

    October 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  3. Hi Lori, Yes — I do plan to keep several Barbs. 🙂

    Debby — Arabs were my first love. It is a bit like coming home.

    October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  4. Heidi

    What a crossroad. I understand being pulled in two directions by two passions which both demand a lot. I (kind of religiously) follow your blog and I was worried when you didn’t blog for so long. Although I’m sorry to hear about the barbs, I’m looking forward to more posts. 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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