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O Shadow by Goodbye-kitty975
O Shadow
"Standardbreds have some of the biggest hearts I've ever seen in horses. They are, however, one of the most graceless breeds that I've ever met." ~Erin    
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Another month goes by, and fall is in full swing. The year is wrapping up and life is as crazy as always.


I took the dogs walking a fair bit over the course of the month. I have Wednesdays off and try to take at least one of them to one of many local parks every week. I rarely bring my camera any more (I'm trying to enjoy the scenery instead of constantly striving to capture it in images), but I couldn't resist a cell phone photo of the wildflowers at Mercer Meadows.


On the weekend of the 6th, Mike and I drove out to Illinois (13.5 hours away!) for the Lincoln Trail AHA endurance ride. I rode Magic in his first 50, riding alongside my new friend, Aja, who was taking Tessa through her first 50. Our entire crew (two 50's, two 100's, and an LD) all earned completions and top tens. It was an exciting weekend! On the way home, Mike and I stopped to see my friend in Indiana, and she took us for a lovely Sunday drive around town with her Shire horse, Solomon.


I continued to work with Booger three times a week. She can be very frustrating at times, but she is making slow, steady progress. That's all I can ask for right now.


On our way to a lesson with Shadow, Mike and I found a stray dog running in the road. We caught him, and he turned out to be a super friendly, six month old, unneutered male. We weren't in a position to take him home and foster him, so we turned him over to local animal control, where I have a few connections. After a seven day waiting period, in which nobody claimed him, he was neutered, vaccinated, and listed for adoption. A friend of mine is going to look at him this weekend, and I'm hooping she'll bring him home!

Speaking of Shadow, he continues to do well in his weekly lessons. He and his owner have started jumping a little bit, and he is starting to really excel on the flat.

We got some wicked skies this week. I managed to snag a shot of the sunrise off our deck, but missed out on a killer sunset that night when I left the camera in the house while we went out.

Meanwhile, Dancer continues to do well in his new home, and I'm enjoying the photo and video updates on his progress.

I took a month off of competing to treat Ozzy for EPM. The treatment seems to be doing its job and stopping the progression of the disease. Ozzy seems bored without a riding job, but he's otherwise happy and healthy, and doesn't seem to know that anything's amiss. Meanwhile, JR tested negative for Lyme and has basically moved into retirement. He will be staying with us until further notice, but I don't have a horse to ride despite owning two of them!

And just like that, it's October.... see you all at the end of the month!
A month full of rides, and more ups and downs than you can shake a stick at.

I started the month by going down to West Virginia for an endurance ride with a horse (and people!) I'd never met. The horse, a five year old National Show Horse named Magic Man, blew me out of the water, and his people are incredible. We rocked the 30 mile LD over tough terrain, and I came home with a ton of photos, stories, and helmet cam videos.



I also did the Big Loop Boogie in Pennsylvania with Steel. It was the ride's first year running, and it was Steel's first 50 miler. It was a tough, tough ride, but we completed in style. I can now proudly say that I took Steel through her first CDR, first CTR, and first AERC ride (a fifty!)

Early in the month, the world lost a great soul. Boo Boo, the iconic 20 year old mare at Bluestone, the farm I worked at through my college years, lost her battle against an old injury. On a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning, we laid her to rest under the oak trees at the back of the farm. My heart broke into a million pieces.



And the bad news didn't end there. Ozzy has been having a hard time on the trails this year, increasingly losing coordination, and even falling down with me on him. On August 19th, the test results came back exactly as I feared. My dear, sweet, internet famous horse was diagnosed with EPM at the ripe old age of 13. His riding career is over, and we're about to start our first course of treatment. I am hoping to be able to eventually put him back in harness and get some pleasure driving years out of him, mostly because he'll die of boredom just sitting in a field. It feels like the end of an era and I took the news really hard.

In an ironic twist, I wound up with a baby possum to bottle feed just a few days after Ozzy's diagnosis. The little guy had fallen off his mother in a parking lot and was picked up by a passerby who knows my boss at the vet clinic. I wound up taking him home and naming him Vito. Unfortunately, he didn't make it. They rarely do at that age, but it was a bummer nonetheless.

It wasn't all endurance rides and doom and gloom though. Mike and I managed to make time to go up to the reservoir for a date night that featured a brilliant sunset and tasty Chinese food on the beach. Despite our hectic lives, we manage to keep the romance alive, and for that... I am very, very grateful.

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Another month goes by, and fall is in full swing. The year is wrapping up and life is as crazy as always.


I took the dogs walking a fair bit over the course of the month. I have Wednesdays off and try to take at least one of them to one of many local parks every week. I rarely bring my camera any more (I'm trying to enjoy the scenery instead of constantly striving to capture it in images), but I couldn't resist a cell phone photo of the wildflowers at Mercer Meadows.


On the weekend of the 6th, Mike and I drove out to Illinois (13.5 hours away!) for the Lincoln Trail AHA endurance ride. I rode Magic in his first 50, riding alongside my new friend, Aja, who was taking Tessa through her first 50. Our entire crew (two 50's, two 100's, and an LD) all earned completions and top tens. It was an exciting weekend! On the way home, Mike and I stopped to see my friend in Indiana, and she took us for a lovely Sunday drive around town with her Shire horse, Solomon.


I continued to work with Booger three times a week. She can be very frustrating at times, but she is making slow, steady progress. That's all I can ask for right now.


On our way to a lesson with Shadow, Mike and I found a stray dog running in the road. We caught him, and he turned out to be a super friendly, six month old, unneutered male. We weren't in a position to take him home and foster him, so we turned him over to local animal control, where I have a few connections. After a seven day waiting period, in which nobody claimed him, he was neutered, vaccinated, and listed for adoption. A friend of mine is going to look at him this weekend, and I'm hooping she'll bring him home!

Speaking of Shadow, he continues to do well in his weekly lessons. He and his owner have started jumping a little bit, and he is starting to really excel on the flat.

We got some wicked skies this week. I managed to snag a shot of the sunrise off our deck, but missed out on a killer sunset that night when I left the camera in the house while we went out.

Meanwhile, Dancer continues to do well in his new home, and I'm enjoying the photo and video updates on his progress.

I took a month off of competing to treat Ozzy for EPM. The treatment seems to be doing its job and stopping the progression of the disease. Ozzy seems bored without a riding job, but he's otherwise happy and healthy, and doesn't seem to know that anything's amiss. Meanwhile, JR tested negative for Lyme and has basically moved into retirement. He will be staying with us until further notice, but I don't have a horse to ride despite owning two of them!

And just like that, it's October.... see you all at the end of the month!

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ArtsyVal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for adding Johnny Knoxville by ArtsyVal  to your favorites! It means so much to me :) Have a great day!
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Soffeline Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving! :D
Have a great weekend! :la:
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Andorada Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
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             Very nice gallery! Thanks for joining us in 
                       
                              MyLovelyPet!
 
                                   
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BARREL-CHIC Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Dom!
Do you do the Ride for the Cure? The manager, was talking about it (met him at the Open Space Pace last year). We're trying to set up small sects and he's trying to get the horse park involved yadda yadda, didn't know if you knew about it or would bring Ozzy :)

If you are, I'd love to see you there ! :) Hopefully I'll be there with Arianna this year!

Much luck and good tidings-
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Goodbye-kitty975 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Photographer
I always plan to do it, but don't always manage to get there. If it's at the Horse Park, I would definitely try to bring Ozzy (and JR!)
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