Saturday, March 17, 2012

See ya later.

I had the pleasure of leasing Mikey for five months.
Prior to finding him, I hadn't ridden in almost ten years.
I grew up riding once, maybe twice a week,
and have pretty much known since I popped out of my Mom that horses will forever be a part of my life-
whether in my dreams or in reality.

Mikey is a 23-year old Hanoverian Warm blood.
And, the most skilled jumper I have ever ridden-
allowing me to sail over 4 foot high oxers
(the highest I've jumped to date)

But, I am moving.
to Germany.
And, unfortunately, cannot take Mikey with me.

A few weeks ago, we said our goodbyes,
and I thanked old barrel belly for putting up with me.
After all, I was not good enough to ride him.

One day i'll be back,
along with Apple Man (my fiance),
apples and treats in hand.


What a stud.


Such manners

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22 comments: said...

aw this is so sad. I still can't believe you're moving to Germany though! It's going to be amazing for you, I know it.

Jussie De Guida said...

What a beautiful horse! I too love horseback riding. There's something about having such a powerful connection with a wonderful animal.

Jenna said...

I feel like we're the same person! I used to do eventing and miss riding so much! Maybe you can lease another warmblood in Germany, I'm dying to get back into it again!


Sierra said...

What an absolutely gorgeous horse. I would KILL to ride horses more. Seriously.
I love your blog! I am your newest follower!!
Oh, Just Livin' the Dream

Alyx said...

You should look into leasing a horse out here - riding is really, really popular. I even have a friend who is trading work to ride for free - it's worth looking into, anyway!

kelsie fennell said...

Bless you, that made me cry. I got to ride this afternoon at the barn I grew up at so it's already been an emotional day :) I know you'll miss each other!

Ben & Cassie said...

you seriously have the coolest life!!! what the heck? a horse named Mikey! love it

jessica said...

so awesome! :)

Aizzing said...

Beautiful photos! So cool too that you ride horses. I've never experienced riding a horse. Maybe in my next life I would, if I'd be born braver.

Good luck to your great move to Germany! :)

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your beautiful horse...but can I just say, I'm so excited for you and your move to Germany. I can't wait to read about your adventures and see all the beautiful pictures I'm sure you'll take! : )

Christi Lynn said...

what a pretty horse! so sad that you have to say goodbye. I love those last few pictures...they are fun :)

Alex Butts said...

riding is super popular here in germany, so maybe you'll find a place to still get some time with the horses in!

the lovebirds said...

wow- what gorgeous pictures!!! I have only gone riding a couple of times, but loved every second of it. Until the next day of course, when I could barely walk. xo

Cait&Dall said...

You are adorable. I should be sleeping but consider my next hour completely devoted to reading your posts! ha ha I'm still new to the blog world but i'm loving every second of it!

Katie said...

He's gorgeous! I'm sure you'll miss him a ton! I've been considering leasing a horse when we move and I have more free time. I quite riding a little over two years ago when things got hectic with planning our wedding, and I just didn't have the time. Then married life kicked in and I still didn't have the time. I've gained over 40 pounds in those two years becuase that was my main form of exercise- and BOY is that a good workout! I need to find a barn that is closer to home so I can start up again soon. I miss it a lot!

Rachel said...

Ha, when I read the first sentence that you were leasing Mikey, I figured you had named your bike or something. A horse makes much better sense! He's beautiful!

marie said...

What beautiful pictures!!! I grew up riding horses on my Grandma's farm every summer, nothing better than being on a horse while it's running and jumping over little creeks, such good memories.

Emily said...

These pictures are gorgeous! And I'm sure they can't even capture how magnificent he is in real life. Just think of all the incredible adventures you're going to have! And there will always be horses when you come home :)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

He's a gorgeous animal and these pics are awesome! I've never ridden but I bet it's amazing. Sorry you had to say goodbye, but no worries...there are horses in Germany :)

Kristine said...

Wow, he's beautiful! It's too bad you can't take him with you :(
Good luck on your adventures in Germany! Can't wait to hear all about it!

ginanorma said...

THOSE are gorgeous pictures of you two, must have been so hard to say goodbye!
I have to go on reading now to find out why you are moving to Germany!
So sorry you had to say goodbye to him!

Kristin said...

I just came across your blog and LOVE it! I too grew up riding and since starting and finishing my master's, I haven't had the chance to ride. Have an awesome time in Germany! Please stop my my blog (I just started one :)). If you decide to follow, I too will return the favor!