Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Nervous day!

Nervous day!
Soon I will be going out for my first formal lesson!
I am hoping that the owner of the saddle that fits Solly will let us use it. I would love to learn how to tack up properly, and have a nice proper riding lesson. Of course I would love to learn more about ground work, as I have a lot more to learn there, but we seem to be doing pretty well on that front for now. Riding is what I really need help with the most. I'm nervous that I'll make a fool of myself, heh. Ah well. New Horse Friend (imaginethewolf online) will be there with me probably, and she will offer moral support, 'cos she's neat like that. :)
I also posted to the bay area equine network asking about Solomon, to see if anyone knew who he was. I showed both before and after pics, since he looks like a totally different horse in them. I showed his markings and described them, and his injuries, because maybe if a vet treated any of them, they will remember. I am hoping it won't dredge up any drama for Solly and I... I just really want to know where he came from, and I think he WAS loved at one point in his life, and that maybe the person who loved him would like to know what happened to him and how he is doing now.
I have this fantasy that the people who bred him are really awesome and caring, that they'll find out and want to give him the most awesome retirement possible. I would miss the hell out of him, but it would be worth it to know for sure that he'd be taken care of for the rest of his life, no matter what. Of course another part of me doesn't want that to happen because he's my baby and I love him so. My first responsibility is to him though, and to ensuring that he has the best life possible. So, we'll see. :o
Maybe no one will know him at all. That would be frustrating, but I am thinking it's the most possible outcome.


Puh-leeze said...

Oh, good luck and have fun at the lesson!

Evergrey said...

Thank you! :D
I did have fun, and I also found someone who knew him. Still more recently, with a known owner, but I learned a LOT of stuff. Not going to talk about much of it publicly, not yet, but I'm getting a bit more of a story now.
There is a high chance he really was used in Charro after all. For what, I don't know, and I have no idea how I'd get info about it either. Oi, I don't even speak Spanish, and I bet people get kinda close-lipped about it 'round here too. But we'll see. Maybe I can get a lead. Maybe I can make cookies and get info from the Charro guys, hah. Cookies are great for diplomacy.