So it happened. And as it turns out, it didn't take very long at all. It's only been about a month since everything fell apart with Belle, and I didn't get to have her "as my own."
I guess the farther I got away from Belle, the more certain I was that I really had my mind set on having my own horse again, and that maybe it wasn't a bad thing to not get the horse who's ability to injure herself is only outdone by her inability to focus on anything else..
So I upped my searching... and after plenty of ads, conversations and narrowing the field to a few choice candidates.. I spent a fantastic weekend with The Boy driving all over Washington and Oregon. Finally I found her. My new partner, Pia.
She's everything I wanted. Young, smart, green, pretty, and maybe most importantly, well-tailed. I've been on so many horses in the last couple years, I forgot what it was like to get on and just click with one. But I definitely clicked with this lady. I'm not gonna claim that we clicked Black Beauty style - Pia definitely moves better under her old owner (who is a-ma-zing), so its not like she was some untammed beast who quieted just for me, but still we clicked. We clicked in the "oh-gosh-you-are-so-fun-and-light-that-every-step-is-a-dream" sort of way.
Which is damn good enough for me.
I have some video of my first ride on her, which I hope to get up here soon, but for now, here's a still:
STUNNER! I'm obsessed. Aside from her being absolutely gorgeous, she fits me! I don't look like a giant! Which is always a plus.
So here we go again. I feel like a total novice, and even though I had about a garage full of random horse stuff 10 years ago, I seem to have parred it down to only my old favorites.. which means that I get to go play in tack stores and collect all the random fun stuff that makes owning a horse worse than going to Nordstroms on Double Points Day.
Thank god I have a trusted friend to hold my hand, point me in the right direction and constantly yell at me to straighten my shoulders and shorten my reins.
I can't wait to get started...