Tuesday, July 16, 2013

T-Minus One... No, Wait... Two Days?

Friggin' horse transport companies.

They're running a day behind and won't be picking up Hodor until Thursday, instead of tomorrow.

We all know why.  Despite what they say, it's because they found one more run to add to the list.  On the one hand, I understand it's a business, and I don't reeeaaaaalllly blame them - it's a business, and they need to make money.

On the other hand....

DUDE.  You can't push it back a day.  I've been waiting seven years.  One more day after seven years is an eternity.

Of course, when Hodor does get to my new barn, he'll get out of the trailer, glance around... and then load right back up on another trailer to go to a different barn located about 10 miles away.  For the first time in 23 years, my new barn closed its doors to incoming borders - they've got some kind of weird equine flu going around, and they don't want to chance anything. I appreciate that, but I admit I'm a teensy bit disappointed.  Once everything clears up they'll trailer him back to his new stall.

On the other hand, it's definitely a good safeguard, because I don't want him to get sick.....


 (I know I'll be cussing his height when I have to remount after a long ride... but look how tiny and petite I look on him! I'm a dainty fairy of a girl.  It's obvious I wear a size zero and weigh less than my husband - you can tell from how delicate I appear in this picture..... also, also, he's a little parked out/hollow backed because this saddle was a VERY poor fit for him - we found a much better one later on.)

Yeah.  I'm kind of tipping the scales on the luck-o-meter lately. 

Summersmom (whose little sister is the person who cuts my hair - and DANG she does a better job than anyone I found down in Orange County)
has a friend who is willing to drive us, so all we need to do is split gas.

Holy crap.

In a little over a week I'm going to be loading up MY HORSE into a trailer and taking him with me to Montana for four days of pure riding and no children.

Just.... wow.  Seriously, wow. 

I love my husband  He's currently working 12-14 hour days (some days even longer) to make this happen for me.  He's pretty awesome.

Also, in other fun news, after my sister read my last post,  she sent me this email:

"When you described Hodor why did you leave out the Andalusian?  I think that half of him is more prominent than the TWH.  If my memory is correct, and not saying it is, he was described as an Andalusian/Walker mix....probably TWH.  Of course, my memory can't be quite certain if it was Friesian or Andalusian....I just keep leaning towards Andalusian."

Breed means nothing, really.  if I know what label to apply to him, it's not going to change his conformation (which I think is awesome) or his personality (which I also think is awesome).




It's a LITTLE bit cool that I had some kind of Iberian horse (even if it's just a half breed, like me) just fall into my lap by accident.

On a side note,   I loved all of your comments on my last post - it's kind of cool to be celebrating with a bunch of people I've never met "in real life".  You guys all rock.



Blogger Heather said...

Actually, for what it's worth, an Iberian warmblood is basically anything crossed with an Andalusian or Lusitano. So, there you go. He is an Iberian Warmblood. He's also worth about 4k at minimum if you advertise him as such. :-)

July 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger TBA said...

I'm actually kind of loving the name Hodor, I wasn't too sure about it at first :) Hopefully he arrives safe and sound for you very soon!

July 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Heather, I love you. The only problem is... when I call him an Iberian Warmblood, do I hold up my left pinky, or my right?

I'm torn. I keep calling him Hodor, I like the idea of Hodor.....

But "Remington" keeps coming to mind.

We'll see when I look him in the eye which he feels like. Hopefully you guys won't judge me too much if I get you all excited about "Hodor" and I go with "Remington".

July 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger redhorse said...

If you're going to call him an Iberian Warmblood and hold your pinky up like Thurston Howell, you have to call him Remington, Remi for short. I think it fits him.

I hope you have your costume packed for the clinic, you know the one in the "They'll never take our Beans" post. You'll look so dainty and ladylike.

July 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Tia said...

I'm one of those "never met in person" folks from the Northwest, and the first think I thought was TWH...we have 2 at home and that head gives it away. Congrats on the horse and the Mugwump clinic; I'm envious!! Good luck and have FUN.

July 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

You get ALL of the awesome things!!! Please blog in detail about the clinic for us East Coasters who can't go!!!

He will be beautiful no matter whatever his name is?

July 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger RuckusButt said...

Amazing, amazing! Ooh, I like Remington too. You will know the right name. Or be like me and never come up with a good barn name :-/

Doesn't matter what he is as long as you're happy with him.

I am just so thrilled for you that you get to take YOUR OWN HORSE to a clinic that MUGWUMP is hosting. I would *love* to do this. A bit difficult being in Ontario and having a 4 year old in the middle of his first show season!

I will be following along with interest. Please don't be shy sharing all the learnings, if you can!

July 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger CG said...

Aha! I kept looking at the pics you posted and just wasn't seeing TWH. I definitely see the Andalusian though! For what its worth, I love the name Remington.


July 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Veronica Foale said...

I just quietly danced around in my chair for you. You NEED to post all about the clinic when you get home. And have extra fun for me.

July 17, 2013 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Jamethiel Crabb said...

I'm bouncing in my seat, because the awesomeness of this can't be contained.
On the other hand....you do have your *ahem* beautiful babies to keep you distracted in the meantime.
Also, it gives me tremendous hope that if I buckle down, I will get to take pictures of Kade on his own sweet Fjord someday....:)
I'll be holding my breath for you tomorrow!

July 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger AareneX said...

I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to that "great big head." It doesn't look huge to me.


Also: when talking with snooty folks, please remember that the Dragon is "Imported." That's the snooty word for "flunked off the track in Canada, eh?"

July 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger summersmom said...

1 week! I will be heading up there in 1 week to pick up you and your horse and then we are off to Montana! I think we should have a blog specifically for our road shenanigans and the clinic. This is going to be an interesting trip.

July 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger ORSunshine said...

You should totally text me daily pictures of him. It would help. :)

July 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Happy Pony said...

Have fun! I bet that clinic is going to be a blast. And your new horse, whatever his name turns out to be, is absolutely gorgeous!

July 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Becky - I think it is the right pinkie - like with your teacup. It's much snootier! :-) I have an azteca, myself (LOVE HER!) But I could advert her as an Iberian WB if I really wanted to. Only problem is that I'm never selling her.

July 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Peanut said...

Whatever name you pick will be the right one!

I have a logistics question - just in case I get to bring my mare to Mugs clinic someday. It's a long drive from W. Oregon to E. Montana. Will you drive it in one shot, or do you have a place for the horses to stay overnight?

July 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Peanut - got an email address? You can reach me at:


July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger mugwump said...

We are going to have as much fun guessing what makes up Ol' Blindy as we do trying to figure out what breed Brockle is.

July 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger mugwump said...

Do you realize how sad people must think we are? I mean, I seriously think this is fun.

July 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Peanut said...


I hope you read Mugs latest post over and over - until you start believing the truth. :)

July 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Half Dozen Farm said...

You lucky, lucky girl! I TOTALLY LOVE him!!! HOW on EARTH does someone get that lucky? :)

Completely happy for you, and have a blast at Mugs' clinic!!!

July 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger redhorse said...

You kinda won in the husband lotto too. Way to go Bean for making all this possible.

July 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

Hey - soak up the awesomeness!!!!

Actually I'm so envious. That gorgeous animal and you are going to Montana to play cowboy with Mugs and Big K!!!!!!!! My head is bursting, I almost can't take it.

Really happy for you. (Never mind that I've never met you!)

July 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM  

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