Saturday, December 27, 2008

A New Door Opens



I've been holding off blogging about this because I didn't want anything else going on in my life to color this -the announcement I've waited my entire conscious life for. Casper is mine.

One day a couple of weeks ago I blogged about how my life was working, yadda, yadda, I enjoyed my riding but lessons were enough (I deleted that) and I was convincing myself yet again not to have my own horse. Then someone gave me a horse. And not just any horse-this horse.

Now, I'm not being subjective when I say that anyone can see at one glance what an absolute dream of a horse he is. LOOK at this horse!!! Look at those eyes. Look at the color. A non-horse lover would want this horse.

Due to some family illnesses, he's been a pasture ornament for a few years, and when he gets the notion, he breaks out and comes into the front yard for pets and carrots. He LIKES to be fussed over, have his mane brushed and baths, etc. I would love him even if he was an ugly horse, but he's not-he's drop dead gorgeous.

Shelly and Kim Harris are angels. They did for me what I couldn't or wouldn't do for myself. They gave me a wonderful horse, and now it's up to me to take this gift and make the most of it.

Casper is going to my riding instructor for a tune up-then we'll work together with the instructor to become a team. He's almost identical in size and build to Bailey-the lesson horse, so moving over to Casper will not be as much of a stretch. Even his name is special-the "horse that got away" in my youth-her name was Spook. Don't you just love it when something happens and you KNOW it's ok to say "yes?"

I'm not telling my folks until after Casper has his tune up and we are working together. Part of this is that I don't want any raining on my parade, and part of it is that I hope to work with the trainer on the process-to learn to train as well as ride (within my abilities). I want to give Mom time to heal before I give her something else to worry about.

I'm going to trade my travel trailer for a horse trailer with small living quarters-it looks like there'll be one more going on the road for any adventures, and I couldn't be happier about that.

16 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a handsome horse. You are lucky indeed. It sounds like it was just meant to be. I wish you many fun rides together. What will Oliver think of Casper?

JJ said...

What a beauty! I'm really glad you've been able to do what you've been wanting to do for a long time! =)

studio lolo said...

wooooo-hoooooo!! The universe works in wonderful ways sometimes! A palomino right? Awesome. I'm so so so happy for you both! This happened because of all the wonderful things you do for people and animals :)

soulbrush said...

oh debs, he is dreamy. what a handsome fella! this is exactly what i love about you, your get up and go, your determination not to let life bloody well get you down, but to grab it by the balls and squeeze every little drop out of it (life that is, not the horse.) have a great time! ride 'em cowgirl!
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kj said...

oh debra kay, i clicked on to your blog, looked at casper, read your words, and i feel absolutely overjoyed for you. i can feel in my wise bones that this horse and your love for him are a turning point in your life. you are so deserving. please please please do NOT let your parents' reaction--no matter what it may be--affect your joy and readiness. you are a star.

:)

Debra Kay said...

kj, there really is method to my not telling madness-it will be easier to present them with a schooled horse after I've had lessons for several more months myself. They don't do well with uncertainty-so Casper is just my little secret for now.

Oliver has sat on Casper's saddle-he likes that. Of course anything in the house is HIS.

kj said...

sshhhhh. i won't say a word!

:)

Steve said...

Hmmm. As a non-horse-lover, all I can say is Casper ROCKS.

Teri C said...

Well with a name like Casper he has to be handsome lol

He is beautiful Deb and I am so happy for you.

yoon see said...

Great adventure on riding:)
He is so charming. Does the prince charming comes together with him?
Happy Cactus Monday.
Happy New Year 2009!!!!

Stapeliad said...

OMG COngrats! What a stunning horse and I'm so excited for you that he's yours!!!!

Flying Colors said...

Unbelievable! Your own horse, OMG that is just fabulous. And a beauty also... those eyes...
Congratulations !!!!!

And have a Wonderful New Year 2009 :-)

Sue said...

Congratulations! He is gorgeous!! When we moved here ten years ago my husband said I could get a horse, I've always wanted one. Instead I wound up with a dozen dogs that I love dearly.

I can imagine how happy and excited you must be. Give him a pat for me.

yoon see said...

ongrats on the special blog award ny soulbrush.
You really deserve it:)

Mim said...

I'm still in fla with a slow computer but this is GREAT!!! how wonderful. love the story also of your pants down around your legs! see you soon, mim

human being said...

wow this horse is more than beautiful... so majestical...

how i love i could touch him...

have fun with your new friend...
those eyes are telling me he can love you in a way no one ever has...