A DECADE - that's encompassed what feels like several lifetimes. Maybe that's why I fantasize about naps, ha. While our official 10-year anniversary isn't until Memorial Day weekend, I can't help but feel like we've checked a major milestone.
|Beginnings: our trot in Aug 2006|
|LITERALLY our first jump together (& awesome critique here)|
|2009: My 30th, his 13th|
When I met him that May, he was advertised as 10, so I decided to give him my own birthday, sitting neatly in the middle & a date I might even remember.
|June '07: Ian Stark shows me what my horse can really do!|
|May '07: 1st show (I still thought we were hunters, LOL)|
|June '07: That Stark guy suggests he might have some jump (my eyes are closed in terror)|
|Solo discovers his calling when Ian takes us XC that summer|
|June '08: Our first XC at BN Foxtrack, making it up as we go|
|Fall '10: We've found our stride...literally. Photo purchased from Brant Gamma.|
|Spring '10: The joy of flight. By Pics of You.|
However, I also know that "different" is not the same as "lesser;" I have seen animals defy our limitations too many times.
And Solo's ability to look into my core, to lend me his strength, his joie de vivre, to become so intently still when things fall apart & promise me, on a level of communication I can't explain, that he will wait with me & it will be ok...that horse continues to save my life.
It's a worn-out cliché, but a truth nonetheless.
|May '07: Our first blues|
You taught me that trust opens up the sky for soaring, that being patient & fair is often more important than being right.
|Apr '10: Owning Novice Longleaf HT. Photo by Pics of You.|
|SJ at 2010 Longleaf HT: Poetic partnership. By Pics of You.|
|Oct '10: Steeplechase w Becky Holder|
I can at least give you wide pastures & good friends, for which I'm so grateful.
|May '11: Training Level sexy|
From a 2010 indulgence of my inner 12-yr-old, an illustration of...us:
Song by Templeton Thompson, a very talented & kind singer/songwriter/horsewoman I had the pleasure of meeting at an Equine Affaire in Raleigh.