There’s a reason I’ve ridden so many different horses (probably over a hundred). This is simply the reality of people like me who love horses and pay to ride them, but do not own one of our own. We are the peons of the horse world, and the animals are bought and sold underneath us. It’s not all bad, because riding a lot of different horses has made me a better and more versatile rider. But it’s a sad thing, and it’s why every horse lover wants her own horse. The reality of not being an owner is that practically every time you get start to get attached to a horse, the horse gets sold elsewhere.
For people who make their living in horses, the buying and selling of horses is often the core of that business. Once I asked the owners of the Arabian stable in Texas, where I rode years ago, if any of their horses were for sale. They gave me a quizzical look, like it was a silly question, and said, “They’re all for sale.”
Archie, a Thoroughbred/Andalusian cross, is going to a family in Colorado, where he will be used for light trail riding and dressage. I love him, and I hope he will have a great home there.
I rode Archie for the last time today and fed him a couple of carrots, and I will never see him again. I am sad, but I have been through this with a dozen horses before Archie. There is no solution except the Horse Fund, which has a whopping $0 in it so far. But all my book money is going into the Horse Fund. There should be money in it before the end of the year.
In the meantime, I’ll be taking lessons on a new horse. Stay tuned.