Meet Lady, a Thoroughbred x Appaloosa (...right?) who is actually registered as a non-characteristic because she not only has no spots, but not a single Appaloosa quality. Go figure. She was actually bred by a big sporthorse barn, but never quite grew and ended up in that awkward not-a-pony, but not big enough to play with the big horses spot. (At 5'1", this is my kinda horse). She's as cute as a button, definitely still green, but seems to have a great mind and is sweet as can be.
I can't get over how lucky I've been in the last year to find myself some pretty awesome rides. I recently read a great article here about taking a break from riding and how it can benefit you as a rider, and it really struck home for me. When I left for Auburn I was burnt out on horses, showing, all of it. While I spent summers riding and dabbled around a few semesters at Auburn, I was essentially a 'has-been equestrian' for my time there. And it was great. Were there times I missed it? Absolutely. But in the end, I can truly say it reignited my passion, made me remember why I love horses and why I love riding and want it in my life.
With grad school starting up (this week!), I'm not sure what my riding schedule is going to look like, but I know that it's important to me to have as a mental and physical break from school. Something about hitting a back road, getting to the barn and not thinking about anything else in the world...
Not to mention, now I want to shop for all the new horse things. I want new boots, breeches, baby pads, half pads, jumping boots, a new saddle, a new helmet... Who needs to eat, right?