March 15, 2011 3 Comments
I’m a firm believer in the adages, “When one door shuts, another opens,” and “Things happen for a reason.”
When my travel schedule ramped up in February, disrupting my riding routine with Maddie, she didn’t take it well. She became a challenge to for me handle, on the ground and – uncharacteristically – under saddle. Christy wondered aloud whether or not Mads was the good fit we had thought she was for the last few months.
A couple weeks ago, things came to a head when Maddie was flat out naughty, and dumped me during a lesson. Unhurt but enraged, I got back on, and (I’m told) had the best ride of my life. However, it wasn’t fun, and afterward, Christy and I had a talk, ultimately agreeing that a horse that was better able to handle disruptions to the routine would be a better (and safer) option for me.
Shortly thereafter, Christy was chatting with Maddie’s former owner, Cassie, and told her that Mads would soon be for sale. She forwarded some of the pictures and video you saw in the “Fancy Filly” post. Fortuitously, Cassie knew of a talented eventer looking for a good horse. She thought the two might click. A call was made, and Heather came to see Mads and give her a try.
I was out of town and didn’t the two together, but I’m told that Heather rode Maddie absolutely beautifully. Some emails and phone calls between Christy and Heather ensued, and on Sunday, Maddie went home with Heather for good.
Christy mentioned afterward that the two looked so good together that we’re probably going to regret selling Maddie. Fact is, I already do. I regret not being the confident and assertive rider that can get the most out of a horse like Maddie. That said, I don’t regret making the decision that I was overfaced, and admitting that I need a more sedate partner. The reactivity that makes Maddie potentially brilliant is just too much for me, and I don’t mind admitting it. I’ve seen people riding too much horse, and I’ve know women who suffered horrific injuries because they simply couldn’t safely ride the horses they owned. I’m grateful to Christy for watching out for me, and selflessly suggesting that it was time to sell the horse (I was the only one riding her.) It had to have been tempting to try to keep the mare – she’s wicked fancy and could have been a great addition to the show team – and to keep trying on us. In the short term, this might not look like a good business decision for Christy. However, she’s cemented my loyalty, and I’m hoping that a new pony that I can lease and ride arrives soon.
Best of all Mads has a fantastic home. I think she’s going to love learning to jump, and I can’t wait to go see Heather and Maddie at a show. I’ll miss the big girl, to be sure, but I’m happy for Mads, and for Heather, who I suspect is thrilled to bits with her new mare.
Things happen for a reason. This was one of the easiest horse sales ever – the planets were aligned. So, it leaves me looking at a few closed doors. I’m not sure what’s behind them, but we’ll find out soon enough!