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.