I set my blog to private two months ago because I made the decision to put Gabbrielle up for sale, and I didn't want any of my stories to influence horse buyers in a negative way. I wouldn't hide the truth from horse buyers, but because I am a writer, I understand the importance of tension when writing blog posts, and I tend to write about the more harrowing portions of my horseback rides. It's really not all bad. My horses are pretty good characters.
My decision to sell Gabbrielle was triggered by a dark period she went through this summer in which she did not get along with the geldings and temporarily injured both of them. She's had her attitude adjustment, and is behaving better now. However, I'd still like to sell her before next summer because it's just too hard to take care of four horses in 115 degree heat for five months straight. I have also been continuing to develop health challenges that make it hard to ride one horse, none-the-less four. Right now I've got the help of my horse trainer in exercising and training Bombay and Gabbrielle, and P.S. has been coming by one morning a week to feed and clean up after the horses, so that I can have the energy to ride.
I don't want to say that I will never ride Lostine again, but she's definitely ready to retire. She has been having problems with her coordination and balance in her old age. She has good days and bad days. I would really like to cut back to two horses, so I put Bombay up for sale also. However, Lostine's condition makes me realize that if I sell both Bombay and Gabbrielle, I will only be able to ride Rock, and he spends a lot of time in traction because of his tendency to get hoof abscesses. I've never been in a position where I had no horse to ride.
Then when Lostine passes away, Rock will be all alone. So, selling Bombay has been a bit of quandary.
So far, the horse shoppers have only been interested in Bombay, so I dropped Gabbrielle's price, hoping to get more interest in her. I'm probably going to have to take a loss with her. Nobody really makes a profit selling a horse they've owned for 9 years anyway. I'd just like her to go to someone who understands her and will ride her often.
At the rate things are going, I don't think she will sell any time soon, and just in the past 24 hours I've had several people ask for access to my blog. I didn't offer access to anyone, but kept blogging for myself. I did give access to a couple of ladies who figured out how to get a hold of me. Then I remembered that I purposefully broke the link to my email address in my Blogspot profile years ago when I was getting too much spam, so no one could get a hold of me easily unless they happened to already be in contact with me via email or phone. So, I got my email link working in my profile again. Then more requests came in for me to either give them access or make the blog public again.
I thought it would be easier to just make it public. Quite frankly, I'm touched that some people enjoy reading my blather and seeing my photos enough to ask. I will try not to disappoint.
Scrappy, my little black and grey Chiweenie, is still alive and kicking. I think the vet's guess that he had cancer was not the case. His growth has shrunk enough that it is barely noticeable. He just continues to grow old and sleep a lot. He's definitely more blind and deaf than he already was, though. But his sense of smell still tells him when there's food around. One of these days I'll make a video of him begging for chicken. It's hilarious. He climbs right up into my husband's face, and squeals and whines so loud that we can't hear the TV or carry on a conversation. Sometimes you can make out words like "I want some" and "Give it to me."