Today I got to ride a new friend’s horse, Quinn.
Quinn is a 16.3-17hh OTTB gelding. Quinn is also a beautiful, bright red chestnut.
My friend and I walked out to the pasture to bring him in.
My first thought was “Wow, he’s pretty.”
My second thought was “Holy $hit, he looks like Magic.”
Magic was a 16.2hh (ish) OTTB gelding my dad and I used to ride around 2014. We parted quickly, and I wasn’t exactly happy about losing my best friend. You have to understand, losing a horse to death is a terrible, terrible thing. But there’s a sense of peace and security that comes with it. When you lose a horse to a sale, there’s no peace or security. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re no longer yours (I’m looking at you, people who freak out if the horse is resold, or changes disiplines, or whatever. They’re not yours anymore, you can’t control any of it).
There were random nights that I would just sit and think about how he would be doing. Was he still a jumper? Still crazy? Still the most lovable, puppy-dog horse you’ve ever seen?
One day a few months ago, I searched his name on Facebook (I had done this multiple times over the years). I had never expected to actually find anything!
But, what do you know? I found him, just a few hours away from me, happy as a clam. He was still a jumper, but a solid citizen that the up-down kids could also learn on.
There is no greater joy that recovering that which you have loved and lost.
Anyways, after I had gotten over my heart skipping a beat, we went on to have a very nice ride. Don’t get me wrong, he was a difficult nut to crack, but he was super fun. He took a very different ride that what I’m used to, but it was fun to stretch myself!
I have no doubt that Quinn is L’s one-in-a-million horse. But he reminded me how much Beau is my own heart horse.
Here are some videos from the second half of my ride:
Super huge thank you to my friend for the opportunity!