Here's the story:
I had put feelers out for rehoming, trying to find someone who would spend more time with her than I have and, almost instantly, a woman emerged who wanted her for a companion horse. We communicated back and forth, and I made a deal with her: she could have Lily for free as long as she would give her back to me should she ever change her mind or her circumstances change. She agreed, and set about getting her trailer fixed to pick her up.
On the day of the transfer, my trainer volunteered to take Lily to the woman because she was going that way to pick up another horse. When she arrived at my place, I'd changed my mind, and Lily clearly did not want to go. When she saw the trailer pull in, she tried to hide behind me. So, I went back and forth, and back and forth, but finally, realizing the woman had already fixed her trailer and was on the way to the meeting place--I felt I had to follow through. (Mistake.)
The transfer occurred, but about 5 days later, the woman called me to say that it wasn't working out. Her horses weren't accepting Lily and they were being really mean to her. The woman felt very bad for Lily, and she honored her promise to give her back. (Thank you!!!!)
On Mother's Day, yesterday, we met half way and I got my girl back! NEVER will I try to rehome her again. I learned my lesson. She was no worse for wear--if anything, even sweeter than before she left.
But unfortunately, my horses had moved on without her and felt they had to put her in her place--thus the opening statement of this blog. To hear each other's whispers, they must first feel the hooves. I have Lily separated from them now, and she's communicating through the panels. I feel sick that we're starting all over again for NO GOOD REASON except my stupidity. It was a good lesson to learn on Mother's Day. I need to LISTEN to my inner voice and NEVER doubt it--especially when it comes to taking care of my loved ones.
Update on drinking water. Apparently, you can drink too much. If you drink until your urine is clear--every day--you can upset your electrolyte balance. You can even kill yourself! I had a bad headache one day after a drinking a bunch of water to catch up--and when I looked it up, I found that your urine should actually be a light yellow--the color of straw. I backed off. Now, I drink small amounts of water all day.
Leah and I continue to work with the side reins (on the ground) and then continue the same training in saddle. It's working well. I'm getting much smoother walk/trot transitions. Of course, all of this is to make her a better trail horse. So, the trust and partnership is always the #1 goal--everything else is secondary. We're taking her to a large water crossing this Saturday, so that foundation needs to be there.
The whole spring grass thing is SCARY!!! I'm trying to find the balance between allowing them time with the herd, grazing time, and keeping their weight healthy. Little Joe insists on going out with them. Leah is a little better at staying in the stall and eating dry hay.
So far, Little Joe is staying on the skinny side. (Even with Super Weight Gain & Equine Senior, that has beet pulp as the main ingredient). He's just so wound up with the all the mares in heat. He thinks he's a stud!! Anyway, I'm not too worried about him. I prefer he be on the skinny side. At least, he's staying sound.
Leah is also a little skinny, especially compared to last year when she was obese. You can see her ribs. But, on the bright side, she too is staying sound. She stands more solid on all four feet and she moves smoother.
The fact is, none of the horses get more than 2 hours at a time grazing--twice a day. They're all "easy-keepers."
Cowboy is the only one of them that is just about perfect. You can see a little rib on him, but not too much. Cowboy gets to graze and then I bring him in at night and give him a combo of alfalfa/grass and a scoop of Senior.
"It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." Dolly Parton
I'm always on the lookout for that "thing" that will help me rock my curls.
But it's hard to find. Most products either don't work or they make your curls stiff as a board. Some are unhealthy for your hair and leave too much residue.
But I found AS I AM products & WOW, I'm in love. It gives your curls great definition, but it doesn't make them hard.
I've ordered everything they make--the Coconut Cleanser, , Double Butter Cream, Leave-in Conditioner & the Smoothing Gel. So far, I've used the Curling Jelly As I Am Curling Jelly, 8 Ounce and the Double Butter Cream. Love them both. The others are on their way, and I'll review them when I've used them. They are sold at several stores--Target, Walmart, & Amazon. The Curling Jelly ran around $12.00 for 8 oz at Walmart. By the way, I'm Type 3a hair. It goes 1 a, b, c (straight), 2 a, b, c (wavy), 3 a, b, c (curly) and 4 a, b, c (Kinky). Most people are combinations. I may be 3a and 3b.
Here's a photo of me with my oldest son, Brook--back when I let my hair go wildly curly.
It was much longer back then and MUCH healthier without all the constant straightening. Nowadays, I do blow out the bangs so that it doesn't go so tall...and wide.
And, I have to give a big shout out to curly girl, Kara McCullough!! I don't usually give a damn about beauty pageants, but when I saw this beautiful scientist rocking the curls--all natural--I had to salute her.
Yeah, we don't all have blonde, straight hair like Farrah Fawcett. Some of us have crazy, wild, curly hair.....
and it has never been so beautiful as this! Here's to curls!
Viva la curls! Viva la curls!
And that boy with me in the picture? Well, he's all grown up now and he and his brother (they live together) came over and made me a Mother's Day dinner last night!! Brook, (pictured with his sister below--she and her husband are living with us until the house they're buying closes) made his fabulous hot chili fettuccine sauce over thai pappardelle.
All the kids brought me flowers.
And, we had my favorite wine--Farrington Malbec 2013.
Could life get any better than that??