All Things Horses, Our Adoption Journey

The Horseless Horseman


Often, life doesn’t go as planned. Unforeseen twists and turns, hills and valleys alter a person’s plans, dreams, goals and decisions. The photo above was taken ten years ago and is of my best friend’s youngest son and my beautiful Shaggy when he was her horse. When we moved to Kentucky, I envisioned Shaggy growing old in the Bluegrass State, toting our own children as he did hers. But our vision quickly changed after moving and, knowing our new plan to adopt and raise children would be expensive and time-consuming, we made the difficult decision to sell the best horses we’ve ever had in our lives.

For awhile there, I wasn’t so sure that even this plan would be seen through to the end. My hubby’s horse sold quickly, but I languished in agonizing limbo as Shaggy remained on the market unsold. Well, no more.

I am officially horseless.

For the first time in 22 years I am horseless.

Does this make me sad? No. I’m actually relieved beyond belief. I’m ready for the next step in our life, I’m thankful for the small ($2,700) boost to our adoption budget, and I know that when the time for horse ownership comes again, it will be even better than before because God honors the sacrifices of a broken heart. And, in the meantime, thanks to New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, we get the joys of riding and being around horses without the headaches of ownership. Sounds like a win-win to me!!


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