The schedule gets busy around Christmas time. I am sneaking in shopping expeditions in between all the other things that are moving the hours of my life. Both of my sons are in athletics and fill many evenings with their events, weekends are dotted with uniquely holiday socializing, family is coming to visit, the lesson schedule remains steady, the gym is still calling me to a level of devotion that I submit with a grudge and there is a steady stream of emails and videos to be answered as Ines and her family are still searching for their Horse. Boy it would be nice if it could be a "Christmas Pony". There IS a diamond in the rough out there to be found. While our search is still in progress I have been given the best kind of busy-ness of all: I got a Christmas Pony (sort of)! Sanibelle has returned to "school" at Karver's Creek! Yes, her stall is once again filled with the large, grey, gentle giant. Merry Christmas to Me! We are getting ourselves re-acquainted and exploring the new surroundings. Susan did a good job with her during my time off. While careful not to take on any challenge too big to handle, Susan kept all the bases covered, the tune in the instrument, or the kettle warm. However you want to put it, I feel that Sanibelle and I are just picking up where we left off, and soon to be ready to explore new territory in training, sound, happy and fit.... both of us.
When I walk to the barn in the mornings, Winnie always whinnies to me. If I lollygag around too long, she will paw and whinny at the gate till I bring her in for her workout. She used to whinny to me daily when I could not ride her for many months. I suffered guilt. Now I enjoy her enthusiasm. Formerly, I wondered if I would not be "able" the same again. But every day things get better. I walk into the barn and see my Christmas ponies every day now. I know that I am able to be with them and to enjoy them again. Sanibelle's return and my ability to enjoy horses again are the greatest
A couple days ago there was an adorable video posted of a young girl getting a super cute pony for Christmas. You could clearly see that the girl and the pony were both quite happy with the situation. I wish more kids could experience the great bond of a durable, long, partnership with a fantastic horse.
I hope that we find Ines' pony soon. I know he/she is out there, already existing in someone else's pasture. And that person doesn't want him/her. Probably, the horse knows it. It can't be a great feeling. Hopefully, this emptiness will be cured soon, and another Christmas pony will bring the right kind of joy into the life of a kid... and a horse.