Me, Cowboy and Andy after a Noble Horse practice
|Me and Lucy|
Fast forward to mid-October:
Dan had earned his PhD earlier in the summer, but was having difficulty finding viable job prospects in desirable areas so he was working at home as a full-time job hunter.......to save money we relocated from Providence to Bristol movng in with his dad, which put me an hour away from both my job and Lucy.......and my seemingly "sure-thing" illustration job in Kentucky, which I had been scouted for early last year, had turned into a "sure-thing-once-we-get-enough-money-to-start-which-may-be-quite-a-while," leaving me perpetually on hold.....
All in all it was at this fantastically unfortunate time that my good friend sent me the following text:
"Hey. I have a really nice, fancy 5-yr-old Irish TB...for free."
Usually I would brush a suggestion like this off without a second thought - after all, if I was looking for a free horse I could get ten of them off the internet in a second. Plus I had Lucy! But for whatever reason this text got to me and I couldn't stop thinking about the possibility. I forced myself to go to bed that night and not respond until morning when my head was clearer but, as I'm sure you have guessed, no matter how much my rational brain tried to shut this crazy idea down I found myself typing back "What's his name?"....
I went down to Pennsylvania to "look" at the horse the weekend that Superstorm Sandy was rolling up the coast. Charlie was out of shape but in great health, well-built and just about the sweetest horse I'd ever met. Let's just say it didn't take much convincing; he'd won me over without even trying. To make a long story short, his owner was a friend of my friend and owned several fancy horses. With a job that took too much of her time away from them, she was looking to downsize her crew in order to give the rest of her horses more quality time and Charlie a chance to really be something. I was sold.
|Me and Charlie on our first ride together|
While he weathered the storm at my friend's house in PA, I spent several weeks going over the finances to make sure this commitment was truly possible and researching countless barns in the area until I finally found the right one (wow are there some scary ones out there). It was going to take some sacrifices but I knew in my heart that this was one of those opportunities in life that I could not pass up. Then, this past weekend I (finally!) made the 6-hour road trip down to PA with the help of Kate, her husband and a rented trailer (thank you Tourbillon!) to pick up my new baby.
|Hey guys, what's up?|
|Exploring the new digs|
It's going to be an exciting and life-changing ride, I'm sure, and I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that after 25 years I'm finally a horse-owner, but I can't wait to take it all in and see where this road leads!