tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-63648313960285607742023-03-26T00:21:34.722-07:00Eventing-A-Gogo!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.comBlogger525125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-65161827091441102382013-04-14T20:29:00.003-07:002013-04-14T20:29:52.967-07:00Wondering what we've been up to?<br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> Once in awhile I get folks commenting on here asking where we have been and what we've been up to. D'oh! I haven't recently put up a link to the combined blog!&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> Come follow our adventures at&nbsp;<a href="http://uncatchablenumber257.blogspot.com/">Project Runaway: The Uncatchable Number 257</a>! Pangea, Imogen, and recent addition O-Ren are all waiting to entertain you! Three crazy mares all together at one time? What is better than that!</div> Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-57256255715341678772012-10-11T14:17:00.001-07:002012-10-11T14:20:32.092-07:00One Year.<center> ((Crossposted to <a href="http://the-continental-drift.blogspot.com/">The Continental Drift</a> and <a href="http://uncatchablenumber257.blogspot.com/">Project Runaway</a>))</center> <center> <br /></center> <center> I am struggling to find the words to begin this post. I've been sitting in front of the computer for a listless hour, unable to find a good place to start, so I suppose I'll just launch into it bluntly: today is the one year anniversary of Gogo's death. There, I have a start... perhaps now the words will come more freely. I feel very much like I've been stoppered up for the past year. When she died, the poetry just went clean out of me.&nbsp;</center> <center> <br /> I'm not entirely sure of where the past year has gone. It seems like October 11th of 2011 was such a long time ago, but I can't hardly remember what has happened in the past year to make it so distant. Twelve months into this grieving process, I don't feel better and I don't feel like myself still, but it has taken this long for me to realize that I am not the same without her, and life is not, and will never be, the same either. It isn't that life is now somehow less or is badly off, because everything else is filled with good things. It's just completely different, without anything else actually having changed. I am still with Future Hubs, I still have all the same critters, still have the same job, still am living here in Texas. Those things are all as wonderful as they have been. It is just me that is different... I am not the same as I was. Losing Gogo was a bit like someone forcefully cutting me in half and tossing one half of me back out into the world to keep going. It is very confusing trying to relearn how to live your life when half of everything you value and love is suddenly gone one day. You can prepare for it, if you know it is coming. You can ready yourself, steel yourself, prepare to lose it, surround yourself with loved ones, or push them all away just the same. It doesn't matter what you do, because you won't know how it really feels until it happens. Then, and only then, will you realize just how thoroughly unprepared you were to live on through unthinkable tragedy.</center> <center> <br /> I know it sounds extreme. Honestly, just putting it out in writing sounds like I survived a war instead of just lost a horse. But those of you with horses in your life - probably most or all of you, I am assuming - know how much they affect you, and those of you who have lost them will understand. To those who haven't yet, I don't wish it upon you, but that day will come. On that day, you too will stand with me and feel that horror and pain and sorrow, and will still know in your heart that life is better having had and lost them rather than never having known them at all. But you'll never be the same again.</center> <center> <br /> Not a day goes by when I don't think of her. Hardly a week passes when some memory, picture, or video doesn't make me sob like a baby or ache with sorrow. How could they not, when so much of my life revolved around her? She defined me as a young adult, molded and changed and shaped me into the person I am today, and her loss affected me just as hard as her life did. I am different now, and I will never be the same.</center> <center> <br /> Having Pangea and Imogen in my post-Gogo life has been a very strange, exciting, sad, and wonderful journey. It has really only been in the past month that I have actually started to feel better and more at peace with Gogo's loss, and that is all thanks to working with Imogen. I love and cherish P, and am so glad to have her in my life, but she is happiest when left to her own devices. She likes me well enough, I am sure, but she'd rather be left alone, and we haven't bonded in the strong and inseparable way that Gogo and I had. Imogen and I, on the other hand, bonded immediately and very hard, and we have our own dynamic that is very different from the one she shares with every other horse and human in her life. Something about working with her and the promise of giving her a brand new life is incredibly healing to the heart. Pangea has never known anything except for a life of cookies and love at best, and a big field with giant mounds of hay and no humans to bother her except for regular maintenance at worst. Imogen has known cruelty and pain, and to see her look at me with trust and love, and choose to seek me out over spending time at her haypile with her friends, is truly rewarding. This, more than anything, has kick started me onto the healing track. Life truly works in strange ways, and I'm not sure I'll ever be old or wise enough to understand them.</center> <center> <br /> I'm still hurting. I'm still sad. I'm still not sure that I'll ever really be at peace with what happened. But I am grateful for every moment of the five years I had with her, and she will always be in my heart.&nbsp;</center> <center> <br /> A moment of silence now for Gogo, who took her last breath at 4:15pm last year.</center> <center> <br /></center> <center> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QwpruXG_EQI" width="450"></iframe>&nbsp;</center> <center> &nbsp; <br />There simply are not words for how badly she is missed. I love you, Gogomare. </center> Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-66684318717842068192012-09-11T17:38:00.001-07:002012-09-11T17:39:31.188-07:009/11.<center><br />Reposted from last year: <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/911.html">9/11, a Tribute</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.petsgardenblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/9-11-flag-258x300.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 258px; height: 300px;" src="http://www.petsgardenblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/9-11-flag-258x300.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><br /><br />Never forget.<br /><br /><br />In exactly one month, Gogo will have been gone for an entire year. </center>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-57575151643317800202012-06-02T17:54:00.008-07:002012-06-02T18:17:58.103-07:00Today is Gogo's birthday.Today would have been Gogo's 11th birthday. While I am understandably incredibly depressed about the fact that she died so young, I spent a little time today reminiscing on her past birthday celebrations, and thought I'd share some memories of her yearly birthday cake and subsequent cake-snarfing sessions.<br /><br />Age 7...<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILstLJu5veU/T8q4HiXKTDI/AAAAAAAAEG4/sIAG6OfyTBg/s1600/GB.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILstLJu5veU/T8q4HiXKTDI/AAAAAAAAEG4/sIAG6OfyTBg/s320/GB.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749610313914403890" /></a><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tY1UjesL8Vc/T8q4HU5109I/AAAAAAAAEGs/LgG6mdg4bmE/s1600/GB2.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tY1UjesL8Vc/T8q4HU5109I/AAAAAAAAEGs/LgG6mdg4bmE/s320/GB2.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749610310301766610" /></a><br /><br /><br />Age 8...<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1vZDSCIs1K4/T8q4ShY86uI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/Lijv1WwlsrQ/s1600/Gb3.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1vZDSCIs1K4/T8q4ShY86uI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/Lijv1WwlsrQ/s320/Gb3.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749610502632041186" /></a><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-geZUszOOb0c/T8q4SPoFIGI/AAAAAAAAEHE/kLTKDVOx6sk/s1600/GB4.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-geZUszOOb0c/T8q4SPoFIGI/AAAAAAAAEHE/kLTKDVOx6sk/s320/GB4.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749610497863655522" /></a><br /><br /><br />Age 9...<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YrIgNKyOMTM/T8q6JntDgSI/AAAAAAAAEH0/iC0mq4y8hUQ/s1600/GB5.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YrIgNKyOMTM/T8q6JntDgSI/AAAAAAAAEH0/iC0mq4y8hUQ/s320/GB5.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749612548731404578" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-__pT0lvJA3g/T8q6JfdbyZI/AAAAAAAAEHo/ficAhYT7ST0/s1600/GB6.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-__pT0lvJA3g/T8q6JfdbyZI/AAAAAAAAEHo/ficAhYT7ST0/s320/GB6.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749612546518403474" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x9QPtqyMZ0E/T8q6JLy0pgI/AAAAAAAAEHc/LH1s0Y9sO9w/s1600/GB7.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x9QPtqyMZ0E/T8q6JLy0pgI/AAAAAAAAEHc/LH1s0Y9sO9w/s320/GB7.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5749612541239404034" /></a><br /><br /><br />and Age 10....<br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="300" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oZMb9HxOTLM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /><br /><br />Bittersweet, yes. But there's an emphasis on the sweet for sure.Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-90827743184438616192012-05-07T19:38:00.003-07:002012-05-07T19:57:48.952-07:00Quincy, 8 years later.<span style="font-weight: normal; "><center><span style="font-size: 100%;">May 3rd marked the 8-year anniversary of Quincy's death. Are the words for how time flies so much faster the further you get away from an event? At this point it seems like such a sad, distant memory. He's been gone for so long... sometimes it feels like just yesterday, sometimes it feels like an eternity. Will it feel like this years from now for Gogo? I don't know.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 100%;">Go pay some tribute to his memory, and read a little bit more about him. He was truly an angel, and I owe so much to him. I'll forever be grateful for his love.</span><br /><br /><a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/search/label/Quincy"><span style="font-style: italic; " ><b>Tributes to Quincy</b></span></a><br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hulL0QEMfJw/T6h8CmxXiJI/AAAAAAAAD80/09AYyoPS0_8/s1600/n158200011_30136026_5336.jpg" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; "><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 250px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hulL0QEMfJw/T6h8CmxXiJI/AAAAAAAAD80/09AYyoPS0_8/s320/n158200011_30136026_5336.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5739974109292890258" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 100%;">I'll always miss you, Fuzzman.</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 100%;">If you haven't been following along with </span><a href="http://uncatchablenumber257.blogspot.com/" style="font-size: 100%; ">Bay Girl</a><span style="font-size: 100%;"> and </span><a href="http://the-continental-drift.blogspot.com/" style="font-size: 100%; ">Pangea</a><span style="font-size: 100%;">, come check them both out!</span></center></span>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-39416489986520651942012-02-26T22:34:00.004-08:002012-02-26T22:39:11.634-08:00Pangea's Blog!Those of you who were reading Project Runaway know this already, but my new mare is here! Follow her journey at:<br /><br /><center><a href="http://the-continental-drift.blogspot.com/"><span >The Continental Drift: A Piece of a Heart Horse Comes Home</span></a></center><br /><br />It's still under construction, seeing as I hardly have any pictures of her yet. But it will be fancy soon, I promise! ;)<br /><br /><br />And as a special treat, here's an old picture and video of Gogo in the AquaTread, the only time she was able to go:<br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="301" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1TPgPe2mf3w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ojS1C3uEjN4/T0skiE-wj-I/AAAAAAAADn8/xn8lK1pDDp4/s1600/GogoPool.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ojS1C3uEjN4/T0skiE-wj-I/AAAAAAAADn8/xn8lK1pDDp4/s320/GogoPool.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5713700720120729570" /></a><br /><br />March 11th, the day before my birthday, will mark five months since her passing. I can't believe it's been nearly half a year already. I'm still not okay about it either. I'm not sure I ever will be.Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-4503434765522541122011-12-31T16:58:00.000-08:002011-12-31T17:23:55.662-08:00Happy New Year... and another gift!Look, another gift! Gogo's Wall of Fame grows larger yet! :D<br /><br />This portrait comes from <a href="http://equuskat.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/i-sometimes-draw-horses/">Kat</a>, fellow blogger and an old friend of mine. This one is already in the mail and I can't wait to see it in person!<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ECDee1BDf4/Tv-xnuttOEI/AAAAAAAADdk/c_eRecta8Rs/s1600/328574_10150449529732415_606462414_8641814_757694259_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ECDee1BDf4/Tv-xnuttOEI/AAAAAAAADdk/c_eRecta8Rs/s320/328574_10150449529732415_606462414_8641814_757694259_o.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5692463750132348994" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br />Kat also did this portrait of Gogo a few years ago, back when she was still competing and sound... the original has been long since lost but the digital remains!<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0V5HelcnITQ/Tv-ycoTqc5I/AAAAAAAADdw/pxT8GzKHKWk/s1600/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0V5HelcnITQ/Tv-ycoTqc5I/AAAAAAAADdw/pxT8GzKHKWk/s320/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5692464658945569682" /></a><br /><br /><br />If anyone still has portraits of Gogo that haven't yet been sent, you should totally send them! Future Hubs and I are moving next month and I want to make fully sure that he is assaulted by memories of Gogo every time he opens his eyes and walks anywhere in the house. Oh wait, maybe that's me that wants that... details! ;)<br /><br /><br />Happy New Year to everyone.... 2011 has definite ups and downs, the lowest clearly being the loss of Gogo..... I am still hurting badly over the loss and not a day goes by that I don't miss her terribly. But with every passing moment, it gets a little easier to breathe. I still need time - a lot of time - but I am hopeful that 2012 will bring better things. I head up to see Sophie in ONE WEEK..... wish me luck!! And keep reading up on <a href="http://uncatchablenumber257.blogspot.com/">Bay Girl</a>... she's coming along so magnificently!<br /><br /><br /><center><strong><span style="font-size: 130%; " >Happy New Year!!!</span></strong></center>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-19952317282789811312011-12-25T05:40:00.001-08:002011-12-25T05:40:38.024-08:00Mare-y Christmas 2011!<div align="center"><br />Gogo and I want to wish everyone <strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#3333ff;">Happy Holidays</span></strong> and a very <strong><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="color:#ff0000;">Merry</span> <span style="color:#009900;">Christmas</span></span></strong>!<br /><br /></div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLKJyNz-AI/AAAAAAAAAKM/9oCtKbACESk/s1600-h/Christmas.jpg"><img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5283507582306351106" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLKJyNz-AI/AAAAAAAAAKM/9oCtKbACESk/s400/Christmas.jpg" border="0" /> <p align="center"></a><br /><br /><br />And Metro and Quincy deserve a special Christmas spot here too:<br /></p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLK036_laI/AAAAAAAAAKU/_bxEu2Q_rPM/s1600-h/Christmas2.jpg"><img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5283508322572408226" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 287px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLK036_laI/AAAAAAAAAKU/_bxEu2Q_rPM/s400/Christmas2.jpg" border="0" /> <p align="center"></a><br /></p><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLLBxXXAAI/AAAAAAAAAKc/TO6fKHrhS2o/s1600-h/Christmas3.jpg"><img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5283508544150634498" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 373px; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/SVLLBxXXAAI/AAAAAAAAAKc/TO6fKHrhS2o/s400/Christmas3.jpg" border="0" /> <p align="center"></a><br /><br />I know I post something similar every year, but my oh my how time flies, and how we change.<br /><br />Happy and safe holidays to everyone. Thank you all for all your support this past year, and may all your 2012 hopes, goals and dreams come true.<br /><br /><br /></p>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-69151806427697661682011-12-11T20:35:00.001-08:002011-12-11T20:45:15.261-08:00Two months ago today.Can't hardly believe it... but Gogo has been gone for two months as of today.<br />Christmas is going to be very strange without her.<br />I finally cleaned out my horse trailer from top to bottom... I had been completely avoiding it simply because I didn't even want to look at her stuff. I feel better now that I did it though. <br /><br />I know I've posted this before, but I wanted to share it one more time. This is Gogo's dressage at Groton House H.T. in 2009.... we won this event on our dressage score of 31.5. Definitely one of the most memorable and best weekends of that entire year.<br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="301" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/36fUaaEOjBE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br />I might upload some more old videos of her in the near future, things I've not posted before.... I'll have to sort through my footage and see what I can find!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-72616894111904619842011-12-03T10:50:00.000-08:002011-12-03T14:51:11.587-08:00The Collective Gift!The gift that <a href="http://www.wildponybeast.com/">Denali's Mom</a> organized is finally here!!<br /><br />Many of you remember way back in November of last year when Denali was set to be euthanized, and I took collections for a present for Denali's Mom. A miracle happened - Denali got better - and she is still happy and healthy and around today. We took the donation money and had an awesome <a href="http://www.wildponybeast.com/2011/04/thank-you.html">portrait</a> of Denali commissioned, and needless to say she loved it. And now, when it is my turn to mourn and grieve, Denali's Mom led the charge (along with a few others!) and took collections from readers and fellow bloggers for a gift for me so I too could have something to remember my crazy mare by.<br /><br />The gift arrived today in the mail...<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g9bs8id6-Ag/TtqkLmIL1NI/AAAAAAAADaM/1mF_HdzW_hc/s1600/326526_2166843901147_1548161170_31660183_461648141_o.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 213px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-g9bs8id6-Ag/TtqkLmIL1NI/AAAAAAAADaM/1mF_HdzW_hc/s320/326526_2166843901147_1548161170_31660183_461648141_o.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5682034399001695442" /></a><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p-w8MvhAXSg/Ttp8AGm38kI/AAAAAAAADaA/6evLNGlCMOA/s1600/DSC01222.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p-w8MvhAXSg/Ttp8AGm38kI/AAAAAAAADaA/6evLNGlCMOA/s320/DSC01222.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5681990221096809026" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n_zXjfPWM5k/TtqmZuXmPxI/AAAAAAAADaw/ISQBU3VJS1c/s1600/DSC01233.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 214px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n_zXjfPWM5k/TtqmZuXmPxI/AAAAAAAADaw/ISQBU3VJS1c/s320/DSC01233.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5682036840755248914" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7efEta6d4YU/TtqmZUG3a_I/AAAAAAAADak/AsE3FJ3pQ2s/s1600/DSC01230.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7efEta6d4YU/TtqmZUG3a_I/AAAAAAAADak/AsE3FJ3pQ2s/s320/DSC01230.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5682036833705749490" /></a><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BGngzyfAPDI/TtqmZAY179I/AAAAAAAADaY/OiKP8pIkM4Q/s1600/DSC01242.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BGngzyfAPDI/TtqmZAY179I/AAAAAAAADaY/OiKP8pIkM4Q/s320/DSC01242.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5682036828412440530" /></a><br /><br />Lynn Mazer crafted this absolutely stunning quilt, complete with my favorite pictures of Mami all over it (they had me pick them out before I even knew what the gift was!). My cats were all over it the second I put it on the bed for pictures... it even started a catfight between Mimi and Jasper because both wanted to sleep in the same spot!<br />The second half of the gift was an enormous check so that I could take tailhair that I saved from Gogo and make it into whatever I want from my favorite horsehair place, <a href="http://www.ponylocks.com/">Pony Locks</a>. I already have two of their necklaces, one from Quincy and one from Metro... and they are still holding up to MUCH use and abuse on my part years and years later! I'll have another necklace made for Gogo. I'm sure it will withstand many more years of excessive wear and tear on my part, and still look beautiful way down the road.<br /><br /><br /><br />I cannot thank you all enough for this gift. The generosity everyone has shown is just mind-blowing, and I don't even know what to say except thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A million times, thank you. You don't have any idea how much this means to me. I love you all.Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-71900215811458014942011-11-26T14:46:00.000-08:002011-11-26T16:57:44.207-08:00The Uncatchable Number 257Hmmm, that's an interesting title, says everyone who is currently reading this post. Who, the collective masses ask, is The Uncatchable Number 257?<br /><br />She's a mare with a number instead of a name. She is a surrogate mare from an embryo transfer program, pregnant with a deceased mare's foal. She is half-wild, uncatchable, and unhandled. She kicks when you pick up her feet, she can't be haltered (and instead must live in one with a catch rope), and she flinches away from human touch. She is also absolutely drop dead gorgeous and a lovely mover... which you often get a good glimpse of while she is running away from you in the opposite direction.<br /><br />And she's my current project. She is under my care and handling as of this past Wednesday.<br /><br />Say WHAT?<br /><br /><br /><br />Number 257 is not owned by me, obviously. She is property of an embryo transfer program somewhere in the area (more details coming when I get them). We know absolutely nothing about her except that she is pregnant with the foal of a mare who died a few months ago due to some sort of freak abdominal bleed out. She arrived at our facility shortly before I did, and is here until the foal is weaned. (Maybe by then they will want to find a new home for her... she would make an amazing eventer!). She only came with the name Number 257.... we've been calling her "Bay Girl." I've been granted permission to give her a new name... thank god! I don't know how old she is, what breed she is, or what her history is (although I am guessing some sort of Araby-TBy-something). One thing is clear however.... someone was very, very mean to her. When all you are to the world is a uterus, no one cares enough to handle you with any sort of care.<br /><br />She lives outside in a halter with a catch rope. We took her halter off one time while she was in a stall... it took me quite a long time to get it back on again. Anything from her cheeks forward is off limits for human hands in her mind. I managed to somehow get my hand over her nose (which resulted in a lot of head tossing), and after she had backed up twice around the stall with me at her nose, she finally stopped and I somehow got the halter on. I think if I hadn't been the one feeding her for three months prior to this event, I would have never been able to even lay a hand on her, even in a stall.<br /><br />And yet, there is so much promise and potential in there. She does crosstie, and she does tie (or well, she hasn't set back yet...). She stands (mostly) for grooming. She is jumpy when you move too fast, but there is never that rolling white of panic in her eye. In fact, I have yet to see her truthfully get panicky... I have yet to see white in her eye at all save for when I somewhat unceremoniously tossed the crownpiece of her rope halter over her neck when I was trying to halter her in the stall (she had stretched to the height of a small giraffe at this point). I can't really blame her for that... and even then, with a soothing word from me she stopped moving and didn't flail or panic even though she was squished into the corner of a stall with no escape. Behind the jumpiness is a sensible mind... even standing completely alone in the very scary pool barn (with filters running and everything), she never bothered to look at a thing, cry out for anyone, or squiggle unnecessarily. She deserves so much more than the life that she has been dealt.<br /><br />She is very pregnant at this point in time (and we have no idea when she is due), so she isn't going to be doing anything strenuous anytime in the near future. But I intend on at least making her easy to catch and easy to handle... and get some basic groundwork in too. After the foal is here and after it is weaned.... well, we'll see! She has a VERY long way to go before she would EVER be ready for actual work, so I will have plenty to keep myself busy!<br /><br /><br />I don't know how long she will be under my care, but I think she at least deserves her own blog, don't you think? I think I'm going to call her Portia. She is such a feminine, pretty mare... she deserves a sexy name!<br /><br /><br />Just a few bad pictures of the sweetheart....<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fk4MiCYrEQ8/TtGE0fgqBxI/AAAAAAAADXE/Rb5NpjtvsR0/s1600/324525_519952545353_158200011_30448645_2070960164_o.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fk4MiCYrEQ8/TtGE0fgqBxI/AAAAAAAADXE/Rb5NpjtvsR0/s320/324525_519952545353_158200011_30448645_2070960164_o.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679466642437441298" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DVUMMFxYZBU/TtGEzviPK9I/AAAAAAAADW8/z_o3PvJ5SWs/s1600/341276_519952615213_158200011_30448646_707023187_o.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DVUMMFxYZBU/TtGEzviPK9I/AAAAAAAADW8/z_o3PvJ5SWs/s320/341276_519952615213_158200011_30448646_707023187_o.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679466629559167954" /></a><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ibPkBCwxrpg/TtGEzSaVJ7I/AAAAAAAADWs/qarP0kt4rgI/s1600/326201_519952485473_158200011_30448644_1472339399_o.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ibPkBCwxrpg/TtGEzSaVJ7I/AAAAAAAADWs/qarP0kt4rgI/s320/326201_519952485473_158200011_30448644_1472339399_o.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679466621741377458" /></a><br /><br />Such a pretty girl. The picture of her butt is of her brand (and her namesake)... simply the number 257. And the picture of her nosey is one I snapped when she actually walked up to me!!<br /><br /><br />More about what little I've done with her and what my plans are with her later.... as for right now, here is some Sophie eye-candy! (Or not... these are pictures of her taken this past week. She is very saggy and out of shape due to the fact that she has literally not even been handled for a few months!)<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1aZfwknWA1w/TtFkCWeTRbI/AAAAAAAADWg/ZOecapg6w7k/s1600/IMG_4248.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1aZfwknWA1w/TtFkCWeTRbI/AAAAAAAADWg/ZOecapg6w7k/s320/IMG_4248.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679430596646094258" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_TElwcr-3yg/TtFkCZl0WKI/AAAAAAAADWQ/iql4uthcoFg/s1600/IMG_4253.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_TElwcr-3yg/TtFkCZl0WKI/AAAAAAAADWQ/iql4uthcoFg/s320/IMG_4253.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679430597482928290" /></a><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fR0G7jQW4mc/TtFkBc8HC3I/AAAAAAAADWA/Yu7owP88WkY/s1600/IMG_4232.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fR0G7jQW4mc/TtFkBc8HC3I/AAAAAAAADWA/Yu7owP88WkY/s320/IMG_4232.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679430581201865586" /></a><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--YmuG5e8Dcw/TtFkBP5Ad5I/AAAAAAAADVw/KWAsAdKuizw/s1600/IMG_4027.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--YmuG5e8Dcw/TtFkBP5Ad5I/AAAAAAAADVw/KWAsAdKuizw/s320/IMG_4027.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679430577699190674" /></a><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KTg844_XArA/TtFkCJo3rkI/AAAAAAAADWI/yiBO7gxt6nM/s1600/IMG_4239.JPG" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KTg844_XArA/TtFkCJo3rkI/AAAAAAAADWI/yiBO7gxt6nM/s320/IMG_4239.JPG" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679430593200762434" /></a><br /><br /><br />It is uncanny how much she looks like Metro. I mean look!<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P112xPd_9Q0/TtGJAOlltLI/AAAAAAAADXQ/eoAttPUs-dg/s1600/More_Ponies_051.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 213px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P112xPd_9Q0/TtGJAOlltLI/AAAAAAAADXQ/eoAttPUs-dg/s320/More_Ponies_051.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5679471242099668146" /></a><br /><br /><br />Although she is a definite improvement on his conformation. Not that she is anywhere near perfect, obviously, but she is far better put together than he was, bless his sweet heart.<br /><br /><br />Suggestions for the new Portia (or other name!) blog are welcome!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-598476745629683622011-11-24T06:08:00.000-08:002011-11-24T06:43:18.358-08:00Giving Thanks, 2011 StyleI have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.<br /><br />I am thankful for my family, who still puts up with me even after all these years. The older I get, the more I appreciate them and I can't wait to see them at Christmas.<br />I am thankful all my friends and contacts worldwide, who have been there for me throughout all these tough times and continue to send their unwavering support. <br />I am thankful for my menagerie of pets... the make me smile and laugh every day (and sometimes pull my hair out!).<br />I am thankful that I am still excited for the future, because it's only just beginning.<br />I am thankful for Texas, even though it's one of the most ridiculous and random decisions I've ever made, it led me right to Future Hubs... and that's exactly where I want to be.<br /><br />And most of all...<br />I'm thankful for five beautiful, crazy, intense, amazing, eventful, and memorable years with my Gogo. She made me a far better horsewoman and rider, she made me laugh and cry, she molded who I am now as a young adult, she got me started on my career path of choice.... and so much more. Thanks for everything, Mami. <br /><br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ekcledQGx_c/Ts5WvzzhbUI/AAAAAAAADVk/_CtDqjyaB94/s1600/CIMG4341.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ekcledQGx_c/Ts5WvzzhbUI/AAAAAAAADVk/_CtDqjyaB94/s320/CIMG4341.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5678571559520922946" /></a><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><em>From Ti, Tonka, Twiggy, Jasper, Snidgey, Mimi, Saba, and myself,</em> <strong><span style="color:#000099;">Happy Thanksgiving</span></strong><em>, and I hope you all have plenty to be thankful for too.</em> </span>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-83663719225295989762011-11-22T04:20:00.001-08:002011-11-22T04:37:31.725-08:00Another Gift!I received yet ANOTHER Gogo portrait in the mail! This one was commissioned by <a href="http://slowandsteadysmilerwinstherace.blogspot.com/">Amy</a> and done by her friend Danielle Larovere. It's a picture that was taken of Gogo standing with her back against the <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2009/04/forsynthia-go-go.html">forsynthias</a> at our old home in CT... I've always loved this picture because of her big cheesy SMILE! The artist said that was actually a bit of a challenge because it made it look almost cartoonish at first!<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mts6LrAaNr4/TsuWsERHt5I/AAAAAAAADVY/_oIRnsN9xp8/s1600/GogoPortrait.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mts6LrAaNr4/TsuWsERHt5I/AAAAAAAADVY/_oIRnsN9xp8/s320/GogoPortrait.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5677797439034603410" /></a><br /><br />It will be framed shortly and be placed up on the Gogo Wall of Fame! I'll have to get pictures of the entire thing when it is complete, it's going to be LOADED full of pictures!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-48390139045863310142011-11-17T10:16:00.000-08:002011-11-18T16:21:39.916-08:00Happy Three-Year Anniversary, Eventing-A-Gogo!<center><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9eyNC9WnOw/TsVQRhAJd7I/AAAAAAAADRQ/e4xJcDid5qM/s1600/Adorbs.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9eyNC9WnOw/TsVQRhAJd7I/AAAAAAAADRQ/e4xJcDid5qM/s320/Adorbs.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676031167217366962" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:180%;"><strong><span style="color:#ffff99;">Today is the three-year anniversary of the Eventing-A-Gogo blog!</span></strong><br /></span><br /><br />As always, I am completely amazing to find that another year has already come and gone. We all know the story of the origins of the blog by now: it all started three years ago as nothing more than a little something to keep track of my training successes (and failures) with my wild little mare, and it turned into so much more. I've made countless contacts and friends through my writing, and the unwavering support you all have shown me in my time of sorrow has been so helpful and so meaningful to me. Thanks to everyone who has followed this journey... this chapter in my life is closing, but there will be many different adventures in the future, and those of us who took part in Gogo's life will never be able to forget her. Without further ado, here is a review of the past year, from where we left off last November until now:<br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>November 2010:</strong></span></span><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/TORkq9iQKvI/AAAAAAAACas/S-We30Sqy9Q/s1600/Adorable1.jpg"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 320px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 240px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5540664130808064754" border="0" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XJPVbyyr-oY/TORkq9iQKvI/AAAAAAAACas/S-We30Sqy9Q/s320/Adorable1.jpg" /></a><br />Gogo has finished her tendon rehab completely and is back in full work. She also gets to go on hacks to the beach regularly! I announce that I am leaving my current job, and find another to take its place, this time in Southern Pines, NC. I am looking violently forward to getting Gogo back into some real event-type training when a mystery misstep suddenly leaves Gogo very lame again. Ultrasound confirms a reinjury of the area, and we decide that it's time to stop what we're doing and give her a few years out in a field. The news is devastating, but not the end of the world. She might come back, but she might not... only time will tell.<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">December 2010:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AS0JVjhbTcg/TsVWAqccjbI/AAAAAAAADRc/jfc1-I2pevs/s1600/DSCN0597.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AS0JVjhbTcg/TsVWAqccjbI/AAAAAAAADRc/jfc1-I2pevs/s320/DSCN0597.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676037474763967922" /></a><br />My job offer in Southern Pines falls through, and instead I take a job outside of Fort Worth, Texas. (Still not sure what I was thinking at the time, but so glad I did it anyway!) Between November and December I manage the incredibly complicated feat of moving the menagerie all the way down to the deep south. We spend our last few weeks in Connecticut taking snowy walks and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-trim.html">trimming feets</a>. Gogo goes into 10-hour turnout as per our rehab schedule, and she managed to not freak out or kill herself... well, <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2010/12/karma-fail.html">at least not too badly</a>. I discuss <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2010/12/breed-or-buy.html">breeding or buying</a> my next horse, and start much <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2010/12/interesting-question-of-ethics-breeding.html">heated debate</a>. And of course, <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2010/12/everythings-bigger-in-texas_19.html">we move</a>!<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">January 2011:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjA4ATlOwiQ/TsVd03ojnhI/AAAAAAAADR0/m9XpX-QlAEM/s1600/DSC00236.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 214px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjA4ATlOwiQ/TsVd03ojnhI/AAAAAAAADR0/m9XpX-QlAEM/s320/DSC00236.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676046068239015442" /></a><br />Daily life for Gogo is pretty boring for the first half of the month.... out all day, in all night, rinse lather repeat the next day. She gives a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/message-from-gogo.html">message</a> to all of her followers on how to get your human to spend more time with you, spends <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/angelina-ballerina.html">far too much time on her hind legs</a> trying to kill her neighbors, and then finally <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/moving-day-success.html">moves to the 15 acres behind my house</a> for 24/7 turnout. She doesn't approve at first, and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/01/in-which-gogo-proves-that-even-foal.html">tries to kill herself</a> on the fence, which doesn't surprise anyone. I talk more about Metro, and end up with a new Dobe/Rott pup and not one but TWO new cats!<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">February 2011:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LGgCyBB1uBQ/TsVbs1_CZoI/AAAAAAAADRo/tEKubbirvU0/s1600/DSC00534.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 214px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LGgCyBB1uBQ/TsVbs1_CZoI/AAAAAAAADRo/tEKubbirvU0/s320/DSC00534.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676043731334227586" /></a><br />Texas has a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/02/even-texas-has-deathsnow.html">deathsnow deathstorm</a>, and I am without water and heat for an entire week. I try to bring home a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/02/martis-here.html">free lease project</a>, and it goes pretty horribly wrong, so he goes back home within short order. We lose a good horse to a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-completely-freak-things-happen-to.html">freak accident</a>. Gogo finally stops trying to kill herself and settles into her new daily routine just fine. Aside from that, I don't write much. <br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>March 2011:</strong> </span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XrjdarmrQJc/TsW3Aa6A60I/AAAAAAAADSA/MH_tlcFtCJY/s1600/DSC00707.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 214px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XrjdarmrQJc/TsW3Aa6A60I/AAAAAAAADSA/MH_tlcFtCJY/s320/DSC00707.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676144123220912962" /></a><br />The weather begins to break in March, and I lament <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/fattie-mcblattie.html">not being able to keep a pasture horse clean</a>... coming from show barns, this is a very different lifestyle for both of us! Gogo starts to gain weight as the grass comes in, and meets her ultimate nemesis, <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/gogos-kryptonite.html">the grazing muzzle</a>. We change some <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/these-climes-they-are-changing.html">maintenance issues</a>, and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/grain-under-attack.html">cut grain from her diet completely</a>. I reminisce on <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/03/remember-when-groton-house.html">the good old show days of 2009</a>. The blog has <span style="font-weight:bold;">300</span> official followers... I can't hardly believe it.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>April 2011:</strong> </span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VEdbR6v3pUo/TsW3mlVYfmI/AAAAAAAADSM/dy3UcxDAyEA/s1600/DSC00764.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 214px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VEdbR6v3pUo/TsW3mlVYfmI/AAAAAAAADSM/dy3UcxDAyEA/s320/DSC00764.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676144778855087714" /></a><br />In the beginning of the month, I announce that I am finally, FINALLY <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/04/biggo-news.html">pursing a career in natural hoofcare</a>! I <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/04/roachback-mountain.html">roach Gogo's mane</a> and am delighted with how it turns out. Denali's Mom's <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/04/denalis-gift-done.html">gift</a> finally gets finished, Gogo's soundness and strength out in the field continues to improve, and I almost die in a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/04/flying-tomatoes.html">tornado</a>. As the grass comes in, Gogo's weight gain gets out of hand, and her feet go through some <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/04/jabba-foot.html">unpleasant changes</a>. I start to realize just how much diet has to do with hoofcare (everything).<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">May 2011:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BygFRVRTmXg/TsW35xg2kLI/AAAAAAAADSY/x6hwDZhiD24/s1600/DSC00840.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BygFRVRTmXg/TsW35xg2kLI/AAAAAAAADSY/x6hwDZhiD24/s320/DSC00840.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676145108541935794" /></a><br />I write about missing Quincy as I always do in May. Gogo has a minor brainfart meltdown about her shed and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/drop-dead-shed.html">refuses to use it in a hailstorm</a>. She then of course sets out to <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/out-to-prove-me-wrong.html">prove me wrong</a> when I make the generalized statement that she'll never use it under any circumstances. Her lameness <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/we-dont-see-no-stinking-lameness.html">improves</a>! She is still not sound, but she is getting better and better as the weeks and months go by. <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/oh-what-difference-two-weeks-makes.html">Her feet improve</a>. She <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-which-gogo-permanently-defeats-her.html">permanently destroys</a> her grazing muzzle. And I sit on her <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/squashy.html">bareback</a> once or twice! Temperatures reach 100 degrees, and don't cool off again for the next five months.<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">June 2011:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KoXigq714Ds/TsW4bujWxfI/AAAAAAAADSk/nvXVab5kN_c/s1600/IMG_0209.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KoXigq714Ds/TsW4bujWxfI/AAAAAAAADSk/nvXVab5kN_c/s320/IMG_0209.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676145691862681074" /></a><br /><a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/06/plethora-of-birthdays.html">Gogo turns 10 years old</a> on June 2nd! (And Tonka turns 1, and Snidgey turns 3!) We go in to see Dr. H for our six-month ultrasound, and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/06/six-month-ultrasound.html">it doesn't go particularly well</a>. There are a lot of adhesions and lots of scar tissue within the tendon sheath... something turnout unfortunately did to her. Dr. H tells me to sit on her w/t/c and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/06/we-dont-need-no-stinking-saddles.html">I do</a>... she feels very good to start. But not long thereafter she blows a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/06/very-brief-update.html">suspected adhesion</a> and I despair. I talk about the unfortunate and harsh realities of <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/06/harsh-realities.html">turning a horse with a soft tissue injury out</a>. I leave my job (with much relief, as it turned out to be quite a lot different than it was supposed to be). I'm not feeling particularly great at the halfway point of the year, and hope that it improves from here on out.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>July 2010:</strong></span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7kBgUFR1R-E/TsW47epGReI/AAAAAAAADSw/JPOdu1_NbFw/s1600/Run.png"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 251px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7kBgUFR1R-E/TsW47epGReI/AAAAAAAADSw/JPOdu1_NbFw/s320/Run.png" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676146237347612130" /></a><br />Gogo <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/all-moved.html">moves barns</a> (and I move too), and finds herself in with a herd of her own to control and boss around. She has some sort of <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/gogos-goodies.html">odd discharge</a> from one of her teats that doesn't improve with anything we do, hardcore antibiotics included (she will have this strange discharge for the short rest of her life). She is <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/tell-me-what-you-see.html">ridiculously sound all things considered</a> (not SOUND, but better than she has been since her last reinjury). We talk <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/shes-all-legs.html">legs</a>, and we talk <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/heart-and-sole.html">feet</a>. Gogo and I celebrate <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/07/happy-5-year-anniversary-to-gogo-and-i.html">five very eventful and wonderful years together</a> at the end of the month. <br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size:130%;color:#ffff00;">August 2011:</span></strong><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ks1XxjCRxwY/TsW7WR2WSlI/AAAAAAAADTg/QGh0kUXcMw0/s1600/328324_517429047463_158200011_30428800_822571353_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ks1XxjCRxwY/TsW7WR2WSlI/AAAAAAAADTg/QGh0kUXcMw0/s320/328324_517429047463_158200011_30428800_822571353_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676148896793250386" /></a><br />At the beginning of the month, I try to sit on Gogo again in order to hopefully eliminate some of her enormity (walk only). The first day of this, she turns up with fill in the leg and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/fat-camp-fail.html">serious lameness</a>. We talk about <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/magical-mystery-mare.html">fatness</a>, <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/xfoliate-factor.html">feet</a>, and the <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/harsh-reality-of-turnout.html">problems of turning out a horse with a soft tissue injury</a> again. I start talking about the prospect of eventually getting another horse, and about regretting my decision to turn her out. I also face the reality of <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/big-picture.html">what might happen if she doesn't get better</a>. We get some <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/vet-appointment-and-some-bad-news.html">bad news from the vet</a> and have a brand new and very bad injury. I start to consider the possibility of not having my mare around for much longer. <br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>September 2011:</strong></span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TV_vXdciFXg/TsW52imm3bI/AAAAAAAADTI/_r6M2aQOalE/s1600/IMG_0375.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TV_vXdciFXg/TsW52imm3bI/AAAAAAAADTI/_r6M2aQOalE/s320/IMG_0375.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676147252023188914" /></a><br />In the beginning of September, I get my hopes up about giving everything one last ditch effort. The blog reaches <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/many-milestones.html">500 posts</a>, and we pass the two year mark from the original injury at the AECs in 2009. I sit down and make a <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/master-plan.html">Go or No Go plan</a> for potential rehab, and we have some <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/photo-adventure-fridays-literally.html">gorgeous photos</a> taken of us together. Gogo gets her tubba, homeopathy, and some <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/magic-bullet-maybe.html">AquaTread</a> time and we think that this might possibly be our magic bullet for restoring her to some level of soundness. But her left leg ends up with compensatory damage, and she becomes bilaterally lame at the end of the month. I can be hopeful all I want in my head, but when I look at her, I know there is no real hope. <br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aq4Jb3z0YEU/TsW6nmWFTkI/AAAAAAAADTU/bYGG0VeJUYQ/s1600/327579_517991126053_158200011_30433469_1894912056_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aq4Jb3z0YEU/TsW6nmWFTkI/AAAAAAAADTU/bYGG0VeJUYQ/s320/327579_517991126053_158200011_30433469_1894912056_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676148094841212482" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>October 2011:</strong></span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-spHxHXAVAWg/TsW5l8NJ2qI/AAAAAAAADS8/dFZpY3qpnps/s1600/CIMG4622.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-spHxHXAVAWg/TsW5l8NJ2qI/AAAAAAAADS8/dFZpY3qpnps/s320/CIMG4622.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676146966837975714" /></a><br />Gogo goes back to the vet for a final checkup with Dr. H, and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/10/final-decision.html">the news is bad</a>. Her entire suspensory apparatus is failing, and her distal sesamoidean ligaments are fraying with alarming rapidity. We discuss the final decision that we must make, and I decide to let her have a few final weeks of happy retirement before letting her go. <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/10/snowballing.html">Her legs have other ideas</a>, and her right hind fetlock begins to sink shortly after our vet appointment. Her entire demeanor also deteriorates, and she tells me she is hurting and ready to go. I have one final bareback ride and one final wonderful afternoon with her, and <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/10/gogo-fatale-6201-101111.html">then I let her go</a> on October 11th. She went peacefully and with nobility, like a true lady should. <br /><br /><br /><span style="color:#ffff00;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>November 2011:</strong></span></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ma76f_Joetw/TsW8dnjo9nI/AAAAAAAADUo/Wx7mtee5HiI/s1600/335479_519572167633_158200011_30447006_919571559_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ma76f_Joetw/TsW8dnjo9nI/AAAAAAAADUo/Wx7mtee5HiI/s320/335479_519572167633_158200011_30447006_919571559_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676150122391074418" /></a><br />On November 11th, Gogo has been gone for an entire month. Gifts come flooding in from friends and readers, and are still coming in as we speak. There will not be another year of Eventing-A-Gogo after this, but it will remain as a tribute to her and to all the memories we shared together. <br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-chpCkwkLDlw/TsW9k3d1VjI/AAAAAAAADU0/NVi_kjyG1cw/s1600/376511_519211166083_158200011_30445513_2103443975_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 302px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-chpCkwkLDlw/TsW9k3d1VjI/AAAAAAAADU0/NVi_kjyG1cw/s320/376511_519211166083_158200011_30445513_2103443975_n.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676151346432398898" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kuhj0A4_NBE/TsW7_8Pr0lI/AAAAAAAADUQ/jH6EYJ68jto/s1600/325422_519596014843_158200011_30447170_1966670967_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kuhj0A4_NBE/TsW7_8Pr0lI/AAAAAAAADUQ/jH6EYJ68jto/s320/325422_519596014843_158200011_30447170_1966670967_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676149612548444754" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mlAWS3OC1Fk/TsW7_LLlniI/AAAAAAAADUI/b7Sb1m4ONCk/s1600/298282_519212727953_158200011_30445521_594244223_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 191px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mlAWS3OC1Fk/TsW7_LLlniI/AAAAAAAADUI/b7Sb1m4ONCk/s320/298282_519212727953_158200011_30445521_594244223_n.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676149599377923618" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sRD6WQ9eZLg/TsW7-2tzZ1I/AAAAAAAADT4/drZ7P6znaxA/s1600/313105_519211350713_158200011_30445515_2102748401_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 276px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sRD6WQ9eZLg/TsW7-2tzZ1I/AAAAAAAADT4/drZ7P6znaxA/s320/313105_519211350713_158200011_30445515_2102748401_n.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676149593884288850" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-doz967KBzI4/TsW7-q1gmKI/AAAAAAAADTs/vGEdyfmclvw/s1600/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-doz967KBzI4/TsW7-q1gmKI/AAAAAAAADTs/vGEdyfmclvw/s320/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5676149590695385250" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Happy Anniversary, Eventing-A-Gogo, even though it's a bittersweet one. The blog has <span style="font-weight:bold;">411</span> official followers as of today and I can't hardly believe it. I miss her so much, and sometimes still can't believe she's really gone. Thank you to everyone who has shared in this journey... you don't know what it means to me.<br /><br /><br /><br /><em>"Somewhere in time's own space<br />There must be some sweet pastured place<br />Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow<br />Some paradise where horses go<br />For by the love that guides my pen<br />I know great horses live again."</em><br /></center>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-31204693969232041292011-11-16T16:20:00.000-08:002011-11-16T17:02:32.685-08:00Another GiftI received another awesome Gogo gift in the mail the other day! This is the second set of portraits that I have in my hands now, and there are more on the way. I'll keep posting them as they keep coming in! Gogo is going to have a legit wall of fame in my house! (Not that she doesn't already... practically every surface in the place has either ribbons she won or pictures of her on it!)<br /><br />This is a set of tiny little watercolors commissioned by <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08401712658310270831">Snowhawk </a>for me. The artist is a friend of hers, <a href="http://www.keist.net/">Cori Trout</a>. The portrait is from when <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2011/09/photo-adventure-fridays-literally.html">Josh Baker of AzulOx Photography</a> came up to shoot some pictures of us recently (courtesy of <a href="http://pieceofheaven1951.blogspot.com/">JenJ</a>!), and the jumping picture is of us at Groton House in 2009. I'll never forget that water complex as long as I live!<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S5zthLZ5JZY/TsRXsAYhxlI/AAAAAAAADQ4/GWAcXerz3us/s1600/325422_519596014843_158200011_30447170_1966670967_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S5zthLZ5JZY/TsRXsAYhxlI/AAAAAAAADQ4/GWAcXerz3us/s320/325422_519596014843_158200011_30447170_1966670967_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5675757843922404946" /></a><br /><br />Crappy phone photo does not do them justice. They're so tiny and awesome! I'll have to figure out a good way to frame them. My other portrait from Niamh is getting framed as we speak. <br /><br /><br /><br />And of course, how can we forget my own personal tribute to my mare? Very, very longterm readers will remember when I got my <a href="http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/2009/01/changes-in-schedule.html">M on my chest for Metro</a>, overtop my Q for Quincy. When Quincy died, I wanted to memorialize him with a tattoo over my heart, and I came up with the idea of using the first letter of his name and his color in the center of the letter as my tribute. (Yeah, I know my heart's not exactly anatomically right there, but it's symbolic, so there you are!) Of course, when Metro died he got the same memorial. And, true to form, Gogo gets one too.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U3qZrxbd2Aw/TsRaJSBFraI/AAAAAAAADRE/2xtOjEoI7T8/s1600/335479_519572167633_158200011_30447006_919571559_o.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U3qZrxbd2Aw/TsRaJSBFraI/AAAAAAAADRE/2xtOjEoI7T8/s320/335479_519572167633_158200011_30447006_919571559_o.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5675760545895394722" /></a><br /><br />The tattoo artist even touched up the colors in the M and the Q for me... you can tell how old the Q is by now. I had that one done at least six years ago... the M is two years old. I LOVE it. It's perfect. Simply perfect.<br />I'd also like to point out the very, very worn and loved horsehair necklace (with very tarnished silver band) that I am wearing. That is Quincy's tailhair. I have one of Metro's tailhair as well, and I wear either one or the other almost every day of my life. Keep this in mind... something else might be coming in the mail in the not too distant future as well! ;)<br /><br /><br />Tomorrow is a bit of a bittersweet day.... it's the three year anniversary of the Eventing-A-Gogo blog. I will of course do my year in review as I always have, but it makes me a little sad to think that this will be the final year of Eventing-A-Gogo. I guess I'll just have to continue the tradition on whenever it is that I end up with another horse and another blog. Eventing-A-Gogo will remain up as a permanent tribute to Gogo, of course, but it's still a little bit sad when you think about the fact that there will be no more future years to review.Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-24465719455069431952011-11-11T16:11:00.000-08:002011-11-11T18:18:59.864-08:00One month ago today.I lost Gogo a month ago today.<br />I'm not sure if it feels like it has been an eternity since then, or a moment.<br />I am still hurting very badly. <br />I am in the process of making plans to get up and see Metro's daughter, but that won't happen until January. Until then, my horse shopping has basically come to a complete standstill. When Metro died, I dove headfirst into searching for a new horse, and found healing in that way. This time around, I'm just not ready. Gogo was everything I wanted in a four-legged soulmate, competition and companion qualities alike. Everything about her was perfect for me, all wrapped up with her own little spicy flair added to the mix for extra laughs, extra tears, and extra clear memories of her. I will not be able to replace her. This is part of the difficulty in moving on from her. She is, and always will be, completely irreplaceable. There will never be another one like her. <br />I've heard from more than one of you that you miss hearing about her. I can certainly understand it.... I sure miss writing about her. <br /><br />The world is not the same without her in it. She has left her magnificence and grandeur behind her, however, and the endless stories and memories of her live on in her wake. She touched a lot of lives and changed a lot of people... if she knew, she might just flick her tail in haughty indifference, as if to say, "All in a day's work." <br /><br />The horse world is currently collectively mourning the great Olympic stallion Hickstead, who died after experiencing aortic rupture in Verona this week immediately following one of his rounds at the World Cup. His rider Eric Lamaze, who was mounted when the horse collapsed, had this very moving sentiment to say on the ordeal:<br /><br /><span style="font-style:italic;">"What these horses do for us is incredible. They become part of our family. They really change our lives. It is a sport we choose because we love it and it is sport we choose because we also love the animal. It is not like breaking a hockey stick or breaking a tennis racket. We become very close to these animals and we have great respect for what they do for us. We are in the limelight with them. A horse like Hickstead changed my career. For me, it meant everything."</span><br /><br />My Gogo was not an Olympian. She was not anywhere near the realm of an athlete like Hickstead. But for me, the sentiment is exactly the same. She molded and changed me, and her death was that of losing an irreplaceable family member. She was, and always will be, everything.<br /><br /><br /><br />I posted this video a few months ago, but I wanted to share it again because these are some of my favorite memories of my little seahorse...<br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="301" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kuqsGc-5iFc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /><br />I miss you, Mama mare. I miss you every day.<br /><br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3ryRm3sre6c/Tr3Wooo6prI/AAAAAAAADPE/mFUJfG9r72s/s1600/Beachie.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 222px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3ryRm3sre6c/Tr3Wooo6prI/AAAAAAAADPE/mFUJfG9r72s/s320/Beachie.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5673927099148838578" /></a>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-73184158001079213332011-11-04T18:41:00.000-07:002011-11-05T16:18:54.273-07:00I'm doing all right, for the shape I'm in.Three weeks have gone by since Gogo passed away. I've kept very busy at work, spending my days working horses out in the AquaTread and applying therapies as per my usual. It's all very healing to be able to help other hurt horses, even though it makes me horribly depressed that I couldn't help or save my own. I focused a lot on rehab work when I was in college, and actually designed a facility for a senior project during college that was quite a lot like the one I work at now. I really, really enjoy my job, and I love my growing group of clients that I trim for as well. I'm not advertising yet - I so don't feel ready for that! - but I imagine I will start to actively market myself sometime in the not-too-distant future. Should our claim for mortality come through from Gogo's insurance, I am going to take a different direction with it instead of what I had originally planned to do with it (put it back into another relatively expensive horse). Instead, I plan to take a chunk of the money and use it to solidly establish my business. The rest of it will go into savings, and also into another horse... but I will not be buying another mega expensive warmblood for the time being. Maybe someday I will be rich and famous and be able to throw money around like it is nothing (unlikely!), but for now my priorities are different than they were five years ago when I bought Gogo. I have her to thank for this entire journey, and I will be forever grateful for it.<br /><br />I received a write up from the vet's office today for my second to last vet bill I'll ever have from Gogo, this one from 10/4 when I took her in for her final evaluation. The write up was incredibly depressing, but assuredly puts to rest any doubts I have had since the time of her euthanasia (with commentary in parenthesis by me):<br /><br /><span style="font-style:italic;">"Today Gogo is borderline 4/5 lame on RH, has been progressively worse since last exam of RH distal sesamoidean ligaments injury. Lame at walk with 2+ increased settle of RH fetlock especially at right turns - still enlarged grossly and markedly painful to palpation. LH has 3+ effusion in digital sheath and moderate enlargement @ the DSL (distal sesamoidean ligaments)/P1 as RH. Trotting straight increased 2+ RH fetlock flexion response increased 3+, took ~4 strides to get her foot back down. (She hopped away after flexion.) Hock/stifle and suspensory ligament has no pain or flexion response.<br />Feet are well trimmed and short toes. (Go me! He doesn't know I'm her hoofcare provider so this was great to see that he made a point of mentioning it!)<br />DXR (digital xray) of RH to evaluate sesamoid position and potential joint subluxation. <br />Sesamoids are notably distal in position more so than normal and pastern joint is WNL (within normal limits) at this time. (Three days later, it was NOT within normal limits.)<br />Based on the progressive nature of the RH injury and body mass that accelerates the issue, there is a 0% chance of performance and a guarded prognosis for anything else based on the likelihood of a breakdown injury."</span><br /><br />Which possibly was the most depressing write up I've ever seen. I had a great day at work today, but after reading that I just wanted to lay down and forget about everything for a little while. It of course assures me that I did the right thing, but man... it just hurts to read about it.<br /><br />Her death has profoundly affected me in a lot of ways. I'm really doing well in a lot of aspects of my life - I'm living relatively comfortably, I'm gathering clients and building a nice base in my own business, I'm working a rehab job that I really enjoy, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous, I'm with the Future Hubs of my dreams, I get to see my family AND Nicole who I have not seen in three years come December - but I'm really hurting when it comes to the whole process of finding another horse. I've completely stopped looking at ads of nice youngsters for sale because everytime that I do, I just see a future of debilitating lameness and death. I know it's a bit irrational and extreme, but I am having a hard time not looking at it that way. I just couldn't keep either of my last two horses sound, and I lost both of them because of it. If I couldn't do it for Metro, and I couldn't do it for Gogo (who was my absolute best possible chance to redeem myself after Metro), then how could I do it for another horse? It feels like a lot of my hopes and dreams of competing have died out with her as well. I don't think they are dead and gone forever, but I think they will take some coaxing to come back out again. It isn't that competing isn't a priority anymore, it's just that I have zero desire to break a horse down again. I need to do something for awhile that is lower key in order to prove to myself that I can actually do right by a horse for once and not cripple and kill it. Then, and only then, will I be able to get back to the level that I wanted. Then I will be able to find my fighting spirit again. But it will take a long time.<br /><br />Which is why I am so interested in Metro's daughter Sophie. Aside from wanting to own her for the past seven years, she might be exactly what I need in order to heal, do right by my karma, and come around again. According to her owner, she is still fine to jump around at 3', but at 4' she comes up a little short behind due to her old stifle injury. The best vets in Calgary worked her up when it happened six years ago, and the best they could come up with was that it was some sort of acute trama. Nothing showed up on any of the images they took with various instruments. I wasn't even banking on her being able to do anything beyond a little dressage and some trail (if even that!), so it's all gravy on top. If she can do some tiny lower level eventing, that's great! If not, that's fine too. As long as she is sound enough to carry my butt around and help me feel like I have a chance at finally righting my horrible horsey karma and turning my eternally awful bad luck around, that's about all I could ask for. This mare deserves all the love, attention, and affection I can shower her with. She's been bounced around and around, and she deserves a well-earned permanent home until the end of her days. I hope I am the one to be able to give that to her. I have absolutely no free time until January (unless something magically opens up), so I don't know what is going to happen in terms of being able to get up there and try her out. And who knows? Maybe I will hate her, or maybe she'll be a total cripple and I won't take her. We'll just have to see.<br /><br />The Eventing-A-Gogo blog has <span style="font-weight:bold;">404 </span>followers as of today. That is absolutely amazing, and thank you all for taking the time to read about my precious little mare. Through everyone who knew her or read about her, her memory will live on, and for that I am so grateful. Thanks to every last one of you. <br /> <br /><br />Here's Sophie! I am not a fan of that name but I think that I have known her for seven years as Sophie, so it might be completely impossible to chance should she ever come home with me:<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2yDvkIjpcxI/TrSmoc2qzTI/AAAAAAAADO4/96ZwEuhbNl8/s1600/Soh.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2yDvkIjpcxI/TrSmoc2qzTI/AAAAAAAADO4/96ZwEuhbNl8/s320/Soh.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5671341044636765490" /></a><br /><br />She's by no means picture perfect, but she is definitely an improvement on Metro's conformation, that's for sure!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-76929125987080679152011-10-30T07:06:00.000-07:002011-11-20T21:23:27.597-08:00A Gift.In the weeks following Gogo's death, I've received a flood of wonderful gifts from people all over the world. I've posted several pictures of portraits people have done of Gogo, and on Friday I got a package on my doorstep... the first of them to physically arrive in my hands.<br /><br />Niamh over at <a href="http://kisforkiki.blogspot.com/">Hoofbeats for Heartbeats</a> is the mastermind behind this idea. She spilled the beans on the project when she wrote about it in a <a href="http://kisforkiki.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-get-craftya-sort-of-step-by-step.html">tutorial</a> (seriously, I dunno how the girl has so much patience, even as a detail-oriented and artistically-inclined person I'm not sure I could EVER have so much patience!), so I knew what it looked like, but I was not prepared for how amazing it is in person! Also note the AMAZING handmade card!<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2cSr2wrlyS0/Tq1dvXBXLOI/AAAAAAAADOI/XiQ2nligbiM/s1600/Gogi.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 302px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2cSr2wrlyS0/Tq1dvXBXLOI/AAAAAAAADOI/XiQ2nligbiM/s320/Gogi.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5669290574144285922" /></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zRdl1cMYHIg/Tq1fEOkVLFI/AAAAAAAADOs/i4f44SaIvgA/s1600/Gomi.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 231px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zRdl1cMYHIg/Tq1fEOkVLFI/AAAAAAAADOs/i4f44SaIvgA/s320/Gomi.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5669292032163916882" /></a><br /><br />Simply stunning. Stunning! I will be having it framed and put up on my wall alongside all her ribbons, right where it belongs. Can't wait to see all the rest of the portraits when they arrive too!<br /><br />Thank you Niamh!!!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-66091448308522469232011-10-27T17:45:00.000-07:002011-10-27T22:26:42.659-07:00Pieces of Heart Horses.This story begins with a younger me, my beloved gelding Metro, and a laptop in a college dorm room. I was a freshman, completely enamored with my beast-gelding, and was spending a moment of my free time surfing the vast interwebz for old information about my horse instead of doing something important (homework? Why do that?). Quite by accident, I stumbled upon a sale ad for a bay mare named Chloe in Alberta, Canada. Her sire was listed as Blue Rodeo, Metro's Canadian-registered name. Immediately I perked up. He was her sire? I knew he had been kept a stallion until he was six, and that he had bred a few mares, but didn't know of any actual offspring around anywhere. Sure enough, the fantastic little mare was up for grabs at a fairly hefty price. Video clips of her showed some dressage and galloping cross country. Pictures told of a beautiful, well put together mare. Her description sounded like she was exactly like my Metro, even walking boldly up to a running chainsaw and attempting to put her nose on it (yikes!). I oogled over the ad for weeks, wishing I could somehow find a way to afford a second horse. One day, a big graphic proclaiming "SOLD!" appeared on the front of her ad. Disappointed but not discouraged, I e-mailed the owners and asked if I could be put in touch with her new owner so I could speak with her. After some complicated finagling, and some months down the road, I managed to reach her. We sent countless e-mailed to each other, chronicling our collective related journeys and our precious horses. I was enamored with the little mare.<br /> <br />A year or so down the road, I got back in touch with the mare's owner. We discussed setting up a custom breeding for me for a Windfall baby out of her, now redubbed from Chloe to Sophie. My Metro had died by this time, and I wanted to keep a piece of him alive with me always. This never ended up coming to fruition, as I ended up buying Gogo instead. I told the owner that if she ever needed to find a home for Sophie, she could always contact me and I'd take her in a heartbeat. <br /><br />We kept in touch over the following few years, just little drop ins to ask how everything was going and how our little mares were doing. Sophie was bred and produced a precious little filly by a Swedish stud, born right in the middle of a horrible storm with no muss or fuss. Life went on as it always had.<br /><br />A year and a half ago, I couldn't get ahold of the owner. Her e-mail had been changed, and I had to do some serious Googling to find her. It took some time, but I managed to get ahold of her again to see how Sophie was doing. Much to my surprise, she was for sale. The owner was pregnant and no longer had time for her. Would I like to buy her for $10,000? Well, I couldn't exactly afford that random expense, much less keep two horses at the level which I was accustomed (spoiling rotten and sparing no expense), so I unfortunately had to turn her down. I was heartbroken. I wanted that mare so badly it made me ache.<br /><br />She offered her to me again some months down the road. Again, I couldn't afford to keep two horses, so I declined. I forgot about it in the haze of rehabbing Gogo. We lost touch again.<br /><br /><br />This morning, completely out of the blue, I received another e-mail from the owner. I hadn't spoken to her in nearly a year. Would I still be interested in Sophie, she asked? Price dropped to $2500. <br /><br /><br /><br />Good lord. Could that timing be better? One door closes, another opens.<br /><br /><br /><br />This isn't the perfect deal. She's 15. She had an old stifle injury years ago that I know nothing about. I have no idea what she's been up to, if anything. I have to hear back from the owner concerning all of these things. But honestly, with this horse I wouldn't even care if she was just another expensive hayburner looking pretty out in a field. Let's hope she's not, let's hope she's perfectly rideable and wonderful, but either way it wouldn't matter to me. I've been actively pursuing this horse for almost 7 years. She could have three legs in the grave for all I care. <br /><br /><br /><br />It's interesting about how much resistance I've gotten about this. Everyone says not to even bother thinking about pursuing it. Everyone is absolutely sure that they know what I want. Even my own mother told me I wanted a different kind of horse than this. I think that is all very interesting, seeing as aside from owning a piece of my heart horse, I don't even know what I want. To be fair, externally I imagine it looks like I want another uber-talented youngster who can replace Gogo as a Prelim prospect. In reality, the more that I think about it, the more that I feel ill about the prospect of essentially breaking and killing another horse. Do I want a horse with huge expectations and then be horribly let down when I fail to take them anywhere except to Lameness Town, or do I want something sweet and fun that will pleasantly surprise me if they turn out to be a good riding horse? Do I actually want to look at all of the following: a big, fancy warmblood that will win everything but totally fall apart a few years down the road? A little project mutt that will be fun but might not amount of anything at all? An off the track broken down maniac that might either kill me or itself in the process of turning it around? When you put it all that way, it's hard not to get discouraged about this whole process, and I'm pretty soured off the whole sporthorse ordeal at the moment. <br /><br /><br /><br />This is not a good picture of her - Blogger for whatever reason won't let me upload the good ones - but you can get a vague idea of what she sort of looks like:<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wN1F1fnjj0M/TqobYKLO-iI/AAAAAAAADNw/ApJJtZcWMOc/s1600/Sophie.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 250px; height: 186px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wN1F1fnjj0M/TqobYKLO-iI/AAAAAAAADNw/ApJJtZcWMOc/s320/Sophie.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5668373182861474338" /></a><br /><br />She's a lovely lovely girl.Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com59tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-67271538344307667762011-10-23T08:14:00.000-07:002011-10-23T08:15:16.854-07:00An Old 'Remember When'Just some old videos of Gogo and I schooling XC in the POURING rain two and a half years ago in CT. Man that was a long time ago. <br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dzcBuse0ug-QiIwq8WFBn0RSqYs6_ExC_gvGv5Aav57ID1zsVoT3gNEIs0XyGCEvEp2p-00gWovASqj_IaBFg' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' frameborder='0'></iframe><br /><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dwph9d0NotRQHhAaBaJ_CpUi6RE7blhoaVplFiXnt2Rxw3rzZgv8pwAYbkqNkyZ0VCngM7_7jb4ZzVcZPW2jA' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' frameborder='0'></iframe><br /><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dwrb9c6rVZaQb1NC9VrgsbJnXtplx9NZZz4L1wVSVY0rp2x5jusXcpXvhh7_4FnKNt5wDTc6iDy3pRqel7SLQ' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' frameborder='0'></iframe><br /><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dwxR5xs3DPhKW09vaaMdAioPhV53p7-Sr2f--aEidRaxXpSJiEiYncYvH9N667WpVXk0wIHbiUzhAbY9zx0IA' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' frameborder='0'></iframe>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-29507058333472713182011-10-22T14:31:00.000-07:002011-10-22T17:26:54.494-07:00One More Possibility (EDIT: Now with video!).... then I'm getting off my computer for the day, I swear!<br /><br />This Mustang mare has eventer written alllllllllllllllllll over her....<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0qwtqs50WE8/TqM3xIIZG_I/AAAAAAAADNg/jivwYXUlR1Q/s1600/Addy3.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0qwtqs50WE8/TqM3xIIZG_I/AAAAAAAADNg/jivwYXUlR1Q/s320/Addy3.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666434073298017266" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3UrS0Hz4zvQ/TqM3wz4iJPI/AAAAAAAADNY/YqAqJ4RT8jg/s1600/Addy2.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3UrS0Hz4zvQ/TqM3wz4iJPI/AAAAAAAADNY/YqAqJ4RT8jg/s320/Addy2.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666434067862791410" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uiPrSST2dL4/TqM3wkQ_LwI/AAAAAAAADNM/vK5MMfC3GlA/s1600/Addy.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 214px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uiPrSST2dL4/TqM3wkQ_LwI/AAAAAAAADNM/vK5MMfC3GlA/s320/Addy.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666434063670390530" /></a><br /><br />.... and she's an hour away! And cheap! <br /><br />Done now, promise ;)<br /><br /><br />EDIT: Got a video of her! DANG that trot! Canter is lateral and one of my biggest things is a nice correct uphill canter... so we'll see. It does become more correct when she slows down so there is promise. This video is of her first time with an English saddle on, and she is only 4 months out of the wild!<br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="233" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8gCdKEBsyYE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com43tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-22843748891210330232011-10-22T08:11:00.000-07:002011-10-22T08:26:23.958-07:00A Case of the FugliesIn eyeballing a few of these miscellaneous Mustangs in my area for moderately workable conformation, I have also come across a few of the most incredibly fugly beasts I have ever seen. In my last post about the little blue eyed mare I received a few comments about how Mustangs can either be completely awesome little sporthorse powerhouses, or total conformational nightmares, and I completely agree. I have seen some AWFUL looking fuglies out there! Certainly not their fault - they didn't ask to be born ugly, just one ugly bred to another ugly and it worked enough to survive! - but it certainly makes for a good case of the oh-you-poor-thing giggles early in the morning.<br /><br />Evaluating conformation of the blue-eyed mare in comparison to Gogo and Padre, the Mustang who was Grand Champion in-hand in his 4 and older stallions class at Dressage at Devon last year:<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f4BL72A8LEU/TqLeRWISo7I/AAAAAAAADMQ/gelJSY0vz98/s1600/Yeh.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 107px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f4BL72A8LEU/TqLeRWISo7I/AAAAAAAADMQ/gelJSY0vz98/s400/Yeh.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666335670765003698" /></a><br /><br />It's a bit hard to tell without enlarging, but she's not TOO terribly put together. She is quite a lot longer than what I normally go for - look at how compact Gogo was! - but she does have a great shoulder and a pastern angle that matches, which is more than I can say for Gogo (killer shoulder but pasterns that were totally upright and never matched either her shoulder or her feet!) The mare's neck is a bit short and possibly a bit inverted, but mostly I think that is a lack of proper muscling (see how Gogo has the same problem, and Padre as well). Both Padre and the little mare have shorter legs than ideal and both are a bit on the long side. Hind end on the mare has decent leg angles but not a whole lot in the actual haunch area - might also be a muscling issue. She might beef up a bit with proper training and become a little less awkward. Overall, honestly, she's not that bad. Not great, but not that bad.<br /><br />At least, not in comparison to these poor beasts..... enjoy your morning dose of Fugly!<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-27uUBx-nOd8/TqLgVpG1e4I/AAAAAAAADNE/9QIR6ASc-vk/s1600/Fugly4.php"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 234px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-27uUBx-nOd8/TqLgVpG1e4I/AAAAAAAADNE/9QIR6ASc-vk/s320/Fugly4.php" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666337943601904514" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-44S4He8jbww/TqLgVWFcoLI/AAAAAAAADM0/Rxh0fEyZjYo/s1600/Fugly3.php"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 263px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-44S4He8jbww/TqLgVWFcoLI/AAAAAAAADM0/Rxh0fEyZjYo/s320/Fugly3.php" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666337938495807666" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bj6KMRcsRFA/TqLgVHONetI/AAAAAAAADMk/7kvhSrmpPXs/s1600/Fugly2.php"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 309px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bj6KMRcsRFA/TqLgVHONetI/AAAAAAAADMk/7kvhSrmpPXs/s320/Fugly2.php" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666337934506031826" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EhkIxS2dDzc/TqLgVKgNk6I/AAAAAAAADMc/cMR0eU6nllQ/s1600/Fugly1.php"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EhkIxS2dDzc/TqLgVKgNk6I/AAAAAAAADMc/cMR0eU6nllQ/s320/Fugly1.php" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666337935386842018" /></a>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-43225357645224352662011-10-21T17:30:00.000-07:002011-10-21T17:40:00.283-07:00The Flip SideSo.... there is one part of horse-shopping me that is looking at all these fancy expensive warmbloods that I am so used to having the privileged of working with and owning.....<br /><br />And then..........<br /><br />There is another part of me that really wants a Mustang.<br /><br /><br /><br />Is that weird?<br /><br /><br /><br />It's just that sometimes, sometimes.... I see a little gem like this who lives right around the corner for me for dirt cheap, and think hmmmm.... I bet that thing could jump. What a fun project that would be. And MAYBE it wouldn't break down in 2.5 seconds like a warmblood would, according to Murphy's Law (the more expensive the horse, the more likely it is to fall apart). <br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ob6j8o_Mvhw/TqIQfnUYq-I/AAAAAAAADME/i_9iVeGmzT8/s1600/BlueEyes.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ob6j8o_Mvhw/TqIQfnUYq-I/AAAAAAAADME/i_9iVeGmzT8/s320/BlueEyes.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5666109416501980130" /></a><br /><br /><br />I might be completely nuts, but I still think that taking something like this mare and flipping it either for a profit or for myself might be a HELL of a lot of fun!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com34tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-31985932852269749502011-10-20T11:39:00.000-07:002014-10-11T12:19:11.955-07:00Tentatively Moving ForwardIt's been a rough week for me, understandably. I've been a bit of a mess and doing things like randomly breaking down and bawling in the barn/store/public/everywhere all week long. I got a beautiful certificate in from the pet cemetery stating that they said her to rest on the 12th and I also got a map of where her lot is. Bowie isn't close to here but we're considering going up there camping for a weekend (which we wanted to do anyway) so we can also stop by and visit her. You can see the pet cemetery <a href="http://www.pinehillpet.com/">here</a>... looks beautiful. I'm glad she's buried instead of disposed of or cremated.... I mean when she's dead she's dead, it's just a body, but it's nice to have somewhere to be able to physically visit. Plus you KNOW if I had had her cremated I would spill that urn and make a big disturbing mess in my house. That would be off the charts awkward.<br /> <br /> I am keeping busy with clients and am pretty tired at the end of every day, which is good. As I was working on a new client mare, I thought to myself, "you know... if it weren't for Gogo, I'd never be doing this." I felt a surge of gratitude towards her in that moment, and will carry that with me through my career. I have her to thank for all of this... for getting started with barefoot horses, for taking this up as a career, for bringing me here to Texas to Future Hubs. Thank you, my sweet Mama. You don't know how much you changed me.<br /> <br /> Wherever Gogo is now, I bet she's happy, fat, sound, and in charge. Future Hubs and I were joking that Gogo is now up in Horsey Heaven somwhere, barging in on Metro and Quincy peacefully sharing some pasture going, "There's a new Queen in town... that's Mama's food now, ya'll better move the F over!!" My poor boys must be cowering in a corner going, "what was Mom thinking with THIS one?" Oh Gogo. Forever the Marest of them all.<br /> <br /> <br /> I've been enjoying living vicariously through all my friends and the blogging community over the past year, watching everyone heading off to shows and trail riding and enjoying hacks and adventures and everything inbetween, and sitting out without complaint because I had my Gogo to take care of and having her around was worth not riding. Now, however, it is slowly dawning on me that soon I might be able to partake in all those things again. I might be able to gallop in a big field, and ride a perfect dressage test, and go for a swim, and power through a tough XC course. It's been so long since I did any of those things.... last time I jumped an XC jump was over two years ago. Can you believe that? I hardly can!<br /> <br /> With that in mind, I made a vague list of what I want to be looking for in my next horse. I've tentatively started the search just to give myself something to do - it was immensely therapeutic when Metro died, and it is definitely just as much fun now as it ever was - and I think I have a basic outline of what I am looking for:<br /> <br /> <center> <b>What do I want in my next horse?</b><br />1) Between ages of 2-9... prospect or trained…. U/S or not, O/F or not, depending on age/price/experience... specifically for EVENTING<br />2) Excellent conformation, lightly built but with good bone<br />3) Breed not important – aptitude important! Something ideal: ½ WB ½ TB... but ANY breed will do if it meets all other criteria!<br />4) Mare... not gelding unless a special one comes along!<br />5) Something I can keep barefoot if at all possible!<br />6) Something that will also do dressage/trail/fun/driving/whatever… all-around fun!<br />7) Between 15.3-17.0... slight height differences OK if the right horse<br />8) NO lameness/serious blemish issues... NO maintenance... NO history of major medical problems<br />9) NO VICES<br />10) Bold, relatively forward, alpha-type attitude... not spooky or insecure<br />11) NOT lazy and NOT hot! Right in the middle!<br />12) 3 GOOD gaits – pure walk, a trot with reach, uphill canter... and a NICE jump</center> <br /> <br /> Unfortunately when I sit back and looked at it, basically the horse I want is Gogo. My criteria are essentially the same now as when I went out looking for her (versus when I went out looking for Metro). I want something nice, and I want something I can win on. Let's face it though, my butt ain't going to Rolex ever in my life, and that's fine by me! I want to go Prelim or potentially a little further IF I had the right horse someday. But at 26, eventing is a hobby I have as an adult ammy and that is the way it will stay. My professional life with horses has nothing to do with riding and training and that's how I like it! I never want to HAVE to get on when I don't feel like it. I want something talented that I can win on but I don't need to buy something that should be in the hands of a more talented rider than I. Even more than my desire to show and do well is my desire to own something that can do all the goofy things that I have always done with all my horses: swimming, trail riding, going through the drive-through window at the local fast food place, bareback jaunts, dabbling in other disciplines, you name it. All things to keep in mind.<br /> <br /> It needs to move well and jump well and be sound. It needs to be built to last. It needs to have an awesome, comical, brash personality. It needs to NOT have any vices or annoying little tics that I hate so very much... from the blatantly irritating (cribbing, weaving, obsessive pawing, etc) to the get-under-my-own-personal-pet-peeved-out-skin annoying (chewing on crossties, raking teeth on the wall, pacing the fence, tongue chewing, etc). Most of the reason that I want a mare is because I find a lot of bolder-type geldings completely annoying... for god's sake horse, give me back the halter, stop letting yourself out of the pasture, and keep your mouth to YOURSELF! There are some habits I can fix, like nastiness at mealtime or poor ground manners, and then there are some that I cannot.<br /> I also want to continue on this journey barefoot and/or using alternative footware (glue-ons, boots, etc). Not only is this in line with my beliefs and experiences, but it also promotes my business ;) And continues to get the word out!<br /> <br /> <br /> Here's just a sneak preview of two of my interesting finds...<br /> <br /> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QaZrkiV1H5U/TqBz1u6nZEI/AAAAAAAADLg/mBMdlu2pUik/s1600/Syrius.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QaZrkiV1H5U/TqBz1u6nZEI/AAAAAAAADLg/mBMdlu2pUik/s320/Syrius.jpg" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5665655698196227138" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 276px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 320px;" /></a><br /> 3 year old Trakehner gelding with about 25 rides on him, just backed in August. Rode to the trainers with a riding lawnmower in the back of the trailer - and they had to start it IN the trailer to unload it and he didn't care! Already has been to the beach, jumped over small fences in the arena AND logs/ditches/water, and can w/t/c... I don't think Gogo could even STEER at 25 rides! Video of him first time over fences <a href="http://www.vimeo.com/28965414">here</a>. The boy can MOVE... AND he can JUMP! Mostly I just love this face.... he has Metro's eye:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ei8Cc08_028/TqB1Ndm6ktI/AAAAAAAADLs/lSZK6lW2Atk/s1600/Syrius.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ei8Cc08_028/TqB1Ndm6ktI/AAAAAAAADLs/lSZK6lW2Atk/s320/Syrius.png" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5665657205378683602" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 286px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 320px;" /></a><br /> He's obviously a bit weedy looking in these pictures - he's just three and growing! - but I think he's going to fill out to be a GOOD looking horse.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nqNINbBlFUs/TqB2HFq7B2I/AAAAAAAADL4/E8MFEEsl1eE/s1600/Leapy.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nqNINbBlFUs/TqB2HFq7B2I/AAAAAAAADL4/E8MFEEsl1eE/s320/Leapy.jpg" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5665658195385452386" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 179px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 320px;" /></a><br /> 2 year old Holsteiner/ISH mare. All I can say about that jump is DANG. See her moving and jumping <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/gkhorses1965?feature=mhee#p/u/0/FZPZzltjkf8">here</a>. Definitely not sure that I deserve or need that much talent! I had also hoped to find something under saddle, but I would never EVER be able to afford a horse like this if she was already started. She's described as "smart, athletic, and curious," with "great feet, conformation, and mind." That's what I like to hear!<br /> <br /> <br /> There's more where that came from... stay tuned ;) Gogo has some HUGE hooves to fill.... I gotta find something that would make her proud after all!Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com30tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6364831396028560774.post-66959569657365451562011-10-13T15:18:00.000-07:002011-10-13T17:11:06.326-07:00Life Without Gogo<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jPsv2p5eEKg/Tpd9U0UQNOI/AAAAAAAADLI/enDqk6rjBsw/s1600/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jPsv2p5eEKg/Tpd9U0UQNOI/AAAAAAAADLI/enDqk6rjBsw/s320/5972_112309367414_606462414_2317863_3992448_n.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5663132853036135650" /></a><br /><span style="font-style:italic;"><center>(<a href="http://equuskat.wordpress.com/">Kat</a> drew this picture of Gogo in 2009 and forgot to show me until she tagged it just now on Facebook. Oh Mami, so gorgeous!)</center></span><br /><br /><br />It's been a very bizarre and uncomfortable week. Monday was all stress and anxiety going into Tuesday's euth appointment, Tuesday was obviously all-around miserable despite the enjoyment and final memories that we shared together, and Wednesday and Thursday have been empty and sad and confusing for me. You don't realize how often something is in your subconscious thought until you have to stop and correct yourself every time you think about it. For example: we weaned our two little babies yesterday on the farm, and I caught myself thinking about what Gogo's babies would be like. Or watching a horse on the AquaTread, I thought about wanted to put her on it again with regularity. Or getting off work early, I automatically head in the direction of the barn like I did every day to go see her after work. It's still very much a state of denial and shock for me. Writing is very therapeutic, so I'm glad I have somewhere to exercise it a little bit.<br /><br />I know it was just as hard for me to deal with the last two deaths of my horses, but for whatever reason, it's just different this time for me. I'm a bit older and far more mature than I was when I lost the last two (I was 19 and 21 at the times, and am now 26), and am in a completely different place in my life. When Quincy died, I already had Metro to turn to for support and company. When Metro died, I immediately jumped in and began my search for a new horse right away - it helped me heal in a lot of ways, and gave me something to direct all my energies towards instead of fretting about losing my friend. Now, I'm in a place where I'm just not quite ready yet to seriously begin looking for a new horse. The grieving process is different. It's not about completely distracting myself from my grief this time, it's about fully embracing and accepting it. It's about immersing myself in the memories I have of her, and mourning for the fact that I won't be able to share any more of my future with her. We were a match set, she and I.... one came with the other as a package deal. Especially in 2009 when I was her primary caretaker in all ways from sunup to sundown (when I was a working student in Connecticut right out of college), she was my entire life and everything that it centered around. I've not made a major life decision in the past five years without majorly factoring her. She has influenced everything I have done. Life without her is like learning to walk all over again using different legs. Or possibly two legs instead of four... I'm not sure. Either way, it's awkward and uncomfortable and very, very sad. Time will work magic on all of this, as it always does, but it will take a long time. <br /><br />I summed it up best when I described her as the cheese to my macaroni. With her, my horsey life had a very distinct flavor and personality, and without her I am just a bland bowl of vaguely soggy noodles without a sauce... incomplete. I know some other delicious flavor will come along - alfredo sauce, or spaghetti, or who knows what kind? - and will enrich and re-flavor everything. It will be a different flavor and a different dish entirely, but it will still be delicious and awesome. It will just take time.<br /><br /><br /><br />Are you ready for the waterworks? Bre made this amazing video for us... don't watch this at work if you are emotionally inclined, because you will probably tear up. I know that I personally need to stop watching it, because even after like the 10th time I'm still BAWLING my eyes out every time. <br /><br /><iframe width="400" height="301" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QwpruXG_EQI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /><br />And I cannot thank you guys all enough for the support you've given me. SO many e-mails, comments, calls, texts, and more have still been pouring in from all over the world, and I cannot tell you how amazing that has felt. Thank you all so much, seriously. Thank you.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xSw5tJu-ENA/TpdxjRin1-I/AAAAAAAADK8/HQQCZ_1qZNM/s1600/CIMG4013.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 240px; height: 320px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xSw5tJu-ENA/TpdxjRin1-I/AAAAAAAADK8/HQQCZ_1qZNM/s320/CIMG4013.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5663119907259668450" /></a>Andreahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15902291220984883182noreply@blogger.com26