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Current Residence: New Jersey
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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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!
Soffeline Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving! :D
Have a great weekend! :la:
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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-
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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