As of late last week, I am no longer one of Dandy’s owners. The boy and I made a decision to sell our shares back to JLE and leave the syndicate before he was sold. This was not an easy decision but it was the right one for us.
Dandy then went on to have an absolute wonderful first outing where he FINISHED ON HIS DRESSAGE SCORE(!) in the Prelim division at the E.I. Horse Trials in Washington. I am so proud of that horse. He is growing up and finding his legs. I know he will make somebody a wonderful upper level horse.
I do wish that I had had the funds to bring him with me, to keep him and find someone to ride him and show him. I’ll admit, it’s fun being an owner but it’s hard when you can’t do your own riding as well. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had known I was going to find LT out here and could have her show him for me. But then I remember had I kept Dandy, I not only wouldn’t have Gus, I would probably be miserable and out of horses for good.
I will definitely continue to stalk (sorry future owner!) Dandy as he competes but this will probably be one of the last times he shows up on my blog. Good lucky Dandy Man! I’ll be rooting for you and I will always love you.
I could write you a list a mile long of all the horse related things that I can’t do well. For example, I suck at standing wraps and I am a terrible at currying (a big problem with a gray horse!). I really wish I could take a master class with the grooms that handle those big fancy hunter horses in Ocala. How they keep the horses that shiney… I swear its voodoo.
But you know what I’m really good at? Button braids.
JLE required that we braid for dressage and for stadium if there was a chance that we’d be in the ribbons but I always braided regardless because I actually like braiding. My very favorite time at a horse show is the early morning braiding sessions. I find it incredibly therapeutic to run my hands through a perfectly pulled mane (not on my skills list) and doing it up in little braids. I like the feeling of the wax thread and I love the way it all looks with a big old ribbon hanging from the bridle.
So my horse may not be the shiniest guy out there. His socks will probably be dusty (as will my boots) and there won’t be any fancy quarter marks. But you better believe he will have beautiful button braids. I wouldn’t let him out any other way!
So what equestrian activity do you do really well? Leave me a link in the comments.
Well, Dandy is still for sale. No one has swept up this absolute sweetheart of a horse (and insanely talented to boot, not to mention braver than any other horse I’ve ever ridden) but I’m not really surprised. It’s winter. It’s the PNW. There’s not a lot of call for high priced geldings out there.
It sucks because I would buy him back in a heartbeat if I could. I actually have the money to be able to afford him but I don’t have the money to buy him, even if you expect what I’d be doing is buying out the rest of the syndicate instead of actually purchasing him (and would then get a “discount” on the price). It doesn’t keep me from dreaming.
I know the dream is unrealistic but I’ve really thought about how to get him back. I’ve added it all up, how much could I borrow from my grandma, from my parents, how much I could get from selling Gus, how much I could take out in a personal loan. Wondering if the syndicate would take payments.
Clearly I’ve lost it.
There’s just such an ache in my heart surrounding this horse. Part of it is just loosing him for good. Part of it is still feeling like I gave up on him. Part of it is the headache that this syndicate has been.
I hope his next person finds him soon. I hope he meets some talented junior or young rider or, heck, even another amateur like me and sweeps them of their feet. I hope somebody realizes what a nice horse he is and loves him the way I do.
In the meantime, enjoy the video of Dandy jumping in a clinic from last weekend (sorry about the bad quality but you can still see how great he looks!).
Since the video is now officially out, it’s time for me to say it too: Dandy is for sale.
I am both devastated and ready to move on. Dandy is a wonderfully sweet horse and also the most talented horse I have ever had the chance to ride. I know he will find a fabulous new rider who will love him as much as I do.
And maybe, someday, if the stars align, our paths will cross again.
I am the worst at taking selfies. The. Worst. I cannot seem to figure out how to get my face to look good, hold the camera still, and get my horse to not shove out of the way. I usually try to take 10 or so shots just to get one hopefully mediocre selfie.
I’m also not that good at taking photos. Sometimes I think I have a great photo idea, snap a bunch of shots, only to find that none of them work well and then I have nothing to put in my blog posts. *sigh*
But the worst thing to me is that I’m just not a good photo subject. My features are all a little too soft and my smile is crooked, my hair is always a mess. I could go on. I can’t tell you how many shots I have the boy take just to share one or two of them here on the blog. Agony, I tell you. And sometimes I just say screw it because the best one of Gus is rarely the best one of me and he’s the star of the show.
But all of this is to say that I’m thankful to have the memories. Every bad selfie. Every silly little video of my horse doing nothing. Every repetitive ear shot.
This last year dealing with the syndicate and Dandy has been hard. But then a picture will pop up on Facebook from years ago of me and Dandy and it will make me smile from ear to ear. And that’s why I take all the photos I can with Gus. Because someday I’ll need those moments.