Me and the Princess rocking it at UNH, First Level 1, 67%
Even with my lack of navigation skills
Fiona has been on the market for quite awhile. It was almost a year ago that she stopped jumping on us. She's been for sale for about five months with no luck. We haven't even had a nibble in awhile. There's very little interest in a TB dressage horse, particularly not a chestnut mare. If she was a WB or QH, she'd be long gone, but we can't even get people to come out and see her due to her breed.
With that in mind and a handsome hunk of a Meathead eating his head off, I made yet another difficult decision. The Princess is heading off to UNH for a 30 day trial in their equine program to see if she suits. If she's a match, I'm going to donate her to the program.
Why on Earth would I give away my precious girl?
Because she would be safer and better cared for at UNH then she would be at many homes. I can go visit her whenever I want and can see her at the UNH shows. I'll have right of first refusal when it's time for her to retire. She'll get the chance to be a dressage specialist that also enjoys trail rides. She'll be in a program and get the work and attention she deserves.
In many ways, its the ideal situation for her. She's been helping out with the flat lessons at the barn more and more. The students love her, she's not your typical school horse. Kick? Ha, only in the free walk. Be ignored? Never. The Princess only ignores me when I turn into an alien in competition. She will be happy with a parade of college kids to fuss over her, exercise her, and curry her belly. I always said I wanted her to be more like Black Beauty than the Black Stallion, and in that I achieved my goal. Fi will go for anyone that knows how to ask properly.
We're getting her records together and making arrangements for her sleep over. With any luck, she'll be the dressage teacher UNH is looking for and Fiona will have found her niche.
I'll just be over here in the corner. Gibbering.