I usually have a lesson on Merlin once a week. This can vary of course, because it depends on not only my schedule, but also his owner Hannah’s schedule, and my trainer’s schedule. Usually it’s not too difficult to have regular lessons, but this summer, my lessons have unfortunately been somewhat few and far between. So far, we’ve missed lessons while Hannah and Misty were out of town at the Oklahoma Go Show, more lessons while I was out of town for the model horse madness that is NAN and BreyerFest, once while I was sick and running a fever, and then two more lessons when Rob and I took a vacation to Panama City, Florida. There may have also been a time that Misty was out of town to judge a horse show elsewhere.
It started with weight loss.
Bunny’s always been an easy keeper. And when I say easy, I mean easy. There’s been only a few times in her life when she’s gotten much more than a handful to a small scoop of good. So when she started losing weight, I figured it was part of old age. My barn owner was on top of things and started upping Bunny’s daily rations back in mid-May. When the weight loss continued, we upped her grain again in the beginning of June.
In honor of his birthday, I thought today’s post should feature my husband, Robert.
I met Robert (or Rob, as I usually call him) in November or December of 2010, and by March 2011 we started casually dating. By May 2011, we decided to become exclusive. I’m not sure at what point I started to let on that I was one of those crazy horsegirls, but he did figure it out by the time we got engaged in April 2014, and luckily, it didn’t deter him.
This blog is supposed to mostly be about my life with horses, but I feel like it’s important to mention, at least in one post, and introduce the other animals I consider part of my family. Besides being a huge horse lover, I’m more accurately just a huge animal lover in general. And this really does go for pretty much all animals, even bugs (except mosquitoes, I have absolutely no love for them). I’m also a big advocate of animal rescue, and all of my animals besides Bunny are rescues.
Luckily my husband, Robert, is also an animal lover, because the two of us combined have quite a few pets.
The other horse in my life that I ride is Merlin, who is basically the opposite of Bunny. Merlin, show name “Dark Chocolate”, is a 2010 dark bay Appendix Quarter Horse gelding who stands about 16.2 hands tall.
He belongs to Hannah Rawlings, a talented teenage rider who shows on our local circuit as well as some of the A rated shows in nearby states. Hannah’s mother, Shana, runs a therapeutic riding center called Harmony In Hooves.