Monday, March 14, 2011

When Horse Bloggers Meet!

This weekend had the potential for yet another depressing blog post. On Saturday, my labrador puppy was hit and killed by a car when he escaped our fenced back yard. The poor goofy guy never made it to his first birthday, which is this upcoming Wednesday. My husband was devastated and I can tell he's still feeling very bad. My kids are sad and asking too many questions. My parents are upset.

I'm numb.

I had a "go see" meeting scheduled for Sunday in NJ to check out a young horse. I didn't know if I should cancel, or just go anyway. The ad for this horse was sent to me from On The Bit over at "A Horse and a Half ". She's sent me ads for horses before and this time I asked her to come on over and help me check out this horse. I figured having her there and getting to actually meet her was worth the trip, even if the horse wasn't suitable for me.

It was a pleasure meeting her! She's said before it feels like we've already met and know each other and in a sense, that's true. She writes so often and so well, I completely relate to her involvement with horses and it was so comfortable and familiar talking with her about this prospect. It felt as if we'd checked horses out before. She has a good, critical eye and we agreed on things we saw. She took video of me riding the horse and we critiqued it together.

As for the horse? She was cute, green and a definite maybe. It seems I've been offered a chance to bring this one in on a trial basis. I am working towards that, now. So many things to coordinate to bring a horse into your life and it still may not be "the one"!


wilsonc said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your puppy! I had that happen to me far to often as a child. It's made me a bit OCD about it as an adult. It's bittersweet I'm sure to have possibly found a horse for yourself on the same weekend. Take comfort from your happy memories and I hope the new horse works out for you! How wonderful to have met a fellow blogger! May it be the beginning of a life long friendship.

Kate said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. That must be so hard on you and your family, especially with all you've gone through. I hope this greenie works out for you, it sounds like a good opportunity. Got any pics?

Now That's A Trot! said...

I have met OTB several times and I love her... She's awesome!

Very sorry about your puppy. *hugs* This winter has been a rough one for pets with many people I know.

Hope the potential new horse works out well for you!

Jean said...

I am so very sorry about your puppy. Once again, words just don't quite do the job, so I'm sending more hugs your way...and for your husband as well.

Here's hoping the horse works out for you. A trial period would be great.

allhorsestuff said...

So torn up with the news of your puppy. You have(more than your share) really felt the losses of your lovley animal partners.

I am happy to hear of the friendship and horsey looking though. Trial basis and such a nice time looking at the mare with someone so close to your own minds eye, from the sounds of it all.
Hang in, hope this could be a new begining-hopeful for you~

Mrs Mom said...

Oh no SM- I am so so sorry about the puppy. Please give the kids and your husband (and YOU) a hug from us.

Fingers crossed TIGHT for the chance with this new horse. Know we're thinking of you!!!

And I'm envious! OTB is such a cool lady, and one of these days I'd love to get to meet her too! (And you-- if I do indeed get the chance to make it to NY this summer, I WILL let you know!!)

Big hugs from all of us in the South.

Annette said...

So so so sorry about your pup. Our lab puppy is 7 months old. I can't even imagine losing her.

OnTheBit said...

It was great to meet you too! I had a total blast spending the afternoon with you. Thanks for letting me tag along. You are just as wonderful in person as you are in writing.
I have watched the videos a few times and I still like the possible new horse. My only worry is the sellers :P Keep me updated and I hope that it all works out the way it is supposed to.

Dreaming said...

Oh, how sad for you and your family. Having our puppy escape the yard is one of my fears.
I'd say, give the horse a try. Why not?! And what fun to connect with a blogger and review film footage together!

Once Upon an Equine said...

I'm very sorry about your puppy.

But happy that you had a good experience meeting a friend and seeing the horse-possibility. I hope you enjoy getting to know this horse.

Red Hot Ruby said...

So terribly sorry about your pup. . .
I hope that this horse works out well for you!