After agonizing for months about what might be best for our whole family during this crazy season of our lives, I made a decision about how best to utilize my horses over the next 3 years (you know, once my kids are all walking and "hopefully" potty trained). I offered to loan Fancy to Take The Reins, an amazing therapeutic riding program in Thompson's Station, TN. They came out to meet her 2 weeks ago and loved her (I would tell you, "what's not to love?"). She will be a part of their program for up to 3 years, at which point she will be retired and returned home to this very happy family, or reevaluated for additional time. What an opportunity for a special horse to touch the lives of so many who might need her...
So, hence the tears and apple scenario from earlier. I am honored that my horse would be considered for this program, but I will miss her every single day, with a vengeance. I must focus my energy on Devany, who inherited all the best qualities of her mother. I am excited to take this very talented, raw equine and train her the things I taught Fancy... and then pray that she will live up to the standard of a particularly great horse I know.
I have included a bit of a "picture gallery" of Fancy's life alongside my own over the past 16 years. I look forward to adding more photos when my boys start learning to ride on her!
She was a part of my life in Arizona (where she was born), then Virginia Beach, then off to college in Tennessee, and next to Maryland when George and I got married, then Austin Texas, where we lived for 7 years (and where she had her first foal, Caspian), and then finally to Nashville where she had her second foal, Devany and where I had my first 2 kids (+ 1 on the way). We have shared so much of life together! I apologize that the photo quality on some of these is horrible...
|1 day old|
|8 months old|
|pencil drawing I did of Fancy and her mom, Jasi|
|1.5 years old|
|I love my horse!|
|Training... 2 years old|
|First hand-gallop, 3.5 years old|
|A girl loves her first pair of shoes!|
|Never take cuddle time for granted|
|Ride after class while K and I were in college|
|Mama Horse and her first baby, Caspian|
|A Horse and her Girl|
|My pocket pony - best ride ever.|
|A part of every season in life...|
|Devany: she's got some shoes to fill!|