November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

This year, more than most years, I have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for being given the extremely generous chance to own the pony I've liked since I first laid eyes on him via video on December 2, 2010.  And I am thankful that people believe in me enough to want to make that happen.

I am thankful for having my trainer in my life, and for the massive change she's affected in my riding over the last eleven months. 

I am thankful for the job I started on January 3, 2011, that has enabled me to pursue this mercilessly expensive hobby of mine.  I am also thankful that I actually enjoy that job and look forward to going to work every day.

Baby Shae
I am thankful that I went to the Woods, which led me to Dr. Marks, who asked if I'd break her baby Welsh Cob, whose amazing personality and conformation led me to seek out his breeder, who asked if I'd like to come out and meet her ponies and go for a trail ride, and the rest, barely a year and a half after that, is history.

I am thankful that my mom got me into this crazy sport to begin with.

I love him.  (We had just finished eloping here!)

And finally, I am thankful for my husband, who trusts me when I say I won't ruin our finances with my pony, and with whom I am still very firmly in the honeymoon stage, over a year after our wedding.  It's not strictly horse-related, but I think it bears mentioning that the further I get into horses, the more acutely I'm aware of the strains it can put on a marriage and the harder I work to avoid them.  I'm thankful not only for our strong relationship, but that we're both aware of the work it takes to maintain that relationship - and the fun we're having doing it.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. That is a lot to be thankful for!

    Now where DID you get that dragon pad?

  2. Kelly, that's Lisa's dragon pad. I don't remember exactly where she got it, but I know it's not actually a Welsh dragon, just the closest thing the pad embroiderer had to the Welsh dragon (and don't get me wrong, it's still pretty close.) I think she had it done at like a Rolex or Equine Affaire type place. When I asked her, I was hoping that it was something sold by the WPCSA or something, but it's not.