Fate has a funny way of working and it seems that the Universe was listening to my heart even though I only, so very slightly, opened the door. As some of you know I've been concerned about how I might continue on my horsemanship journey with Fosse and Whiskey. Don't get me wrong, I love them dearly, will continue to play and make progress with them, they aren't going anywhere. But, their limitations (Fosse medical and Whiskey mental) may cause my goal of achieving level 4 to be a dream rather than a reality. If you go back and review the so-called old level 3, Pat specifically addresses the need to have the right horse to get through the levels before going back and developing other horses. It seems I've been doing it all backwards (no surprise really, my mom says I've always gone about things the hard way). And, I know there are many of you out there in the same predicament.
So, I joking, light-heartedly, secretly, started looking on the Savvy Club Forum and Dreamhorse.com, just to see what was out there. Just to prove that there was nothing and that I was only going to have two horses, Fosse and Whiskey. That I didn't need to play with other people's horses, and that my two were it.
Then, I received an email that said, "Do you want me to try and get a video of Lola?" I was being pursued and responded that I would love to see one but was clear that I didn't know about getting her. However, I could not get Lola out of my mind though and I knew I wanted to see more. She then sent the first two photos in this post (where Lola looks really red). I told my friend that I was hooked. We continued to discuss her back and forth. I knew I wanted her and that her owner wanted me to have her, she seemed like the perfect fit, the perfect horse, the perfect partner. (I'm going to leave out all of the financial stuff--private treaty folks, sorry).
This is Lola's dam.
So yesterday, I sent another email and was waiting to hear back about how all of this would work out. I was watching a Katie Drake Music Video (Pat is in it) of her song "In Your Shoes." It is a wonderful song and as I was listening, was thinking about my horses, about Lola, about my journey. Then, I received an e-mail message that said, "She's yours if you want her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (among other things). Our terms were all in agreement, I had a new horse, and her name was Lola!
Well, as you can imagine, the tears just started to flow! I looked up from my computer and said to Rick, "She's ours" and began crying. I never did this with any other horse in my life. I was (and am) so excited! I never expected to feel this way, it is incredible. Everything came together, I can say that I didn't expect to have a new horse (and definately not this fast). But, I know it is right, I can feel it.
So, this is my new beautiful horse, Lola. I love her looks and she is "almost Arab looking" which definitely fits the looks of a horse I desire. She was born with her current owner present and has had Parelli in her life from the beginning. I'm told she seems to be a LBI with no RB tendencies. I look forward to discovering her horsenality myself though, you never know what you might find! I'm hoping to see some LBE too. Lola is fully registered. Her dam is Smart as Hickory (Smart Little Lena/Doc's Hickory) and sire is Friendly Leo (anyone have a photo of Friendly Leo?). Smart Little Lena & Doc's Hickory are grandfathers on mare side and on dad's is the Leo/King line out of Canada...all really top Quarter Horse lines. She was with Craig Johnson for two months getting a good foundation and reining experience. I plan to go to level 4 with her and then pick our sport. I really lean towards hunter/jumper, endurance, and dressage. Maybe we can dabble in all of it including reining (I just have to learn what reining is LOL). And, I bet there are other sports I have not considered. The sky is the limit I believe. For now though, I'll just get to know her and once she is settled, once we are ready, get back to official assessments.
I'm in love with this horse and I have not even met her yet (kind of like online dating I guess). Normally I would not buy a horse in this manner but, I know her owner and trust her impeccably. She is looking out for me and for Lola, how nice is that? I simply love the Parelli community and am honored to be a part of it.
Another one of momma!
Rick and I are picking Lola up on Wednesday morning. There was a NCPPG Play Date scheduled for today (I coordinated it). I decided to not attend the play date so that I can make sure the fences are all in good order, get out the extra buckets, and move out wall in the barn, not to mention clean the barn and paddock, chores! This is the wall that we put up for the hay. We are going to unstack all of the hay, move the wall, and expand the horse area in the barn to be sure she has plenty of room with the boys. (As you know, our lives revolve around our animals). I was asked to cancel the play date because I was not going to attend (and run it). But, it seems the folks that were planning to attend had other things to do anyway and are very understanding about why I cannot attend.So, I guess that is it, the beginning of a new partnership in my life, to another leg of this wonderful journey, natural horsemanship.