A Chapter Closed

I haven’t gone into much detail about Dee’s owners because it’s a need to know basis right?  Dee is one of their 3 horses.  1 gorgeous baby hunter, 1 Grand Prix level jumper, and Dee.  With two teenagers riding and competing (in different arenas) and three horses on the docket you can see why they started looking for someone to lease Dee last year.  Since I have known them, and their horses for several years it was an obvious fit for me.  At the time my trainer was not convinced and pushed back.  Dee’s family and I didn’t back down and so began my lease; on a month by month basis to be sure it was the best fit.  


I went into the lease knowing that she would leave our area this August to go to college with the oldest daughter.  Now you can read back over our past 9 months together, but what I’m writing about today is that our lease has officially ended. 

 The families lovely Grand Prix horse hurt himself and is taking a 6 month vacation; leaving his very talented rider is horseless. So…you can see where this is going.  The girl would like the rides, and I understand that.  


I’ve said all along that what I have with Dee is very much a professional relationship.  And it’s true.  I was incredibly shocked by the emotions I felt when they told me that not only is the lease over as of today, but they are moving facilities.  They had their reasons and none of them were crazy or wild.  Losing some of my favorite people at the barn, and my favorite little mare is a doozy.    She’s been a bright spot in this rough few weeks at work, my partner in fitness and horse shows, and while she doesn’t give a fig about me, I do adore her.  


Tomorrow she’ll join her “big brothers” in the trailer and head off to her new home.  And while today I get to be a bit teary and slump around the house, I know that her people love her and will provide her all the best.  I’ve already told them that they won’t be able to get rid of me that easily, and we’ll just have to do drinks in lieu of rides for awhile. Plus a date to shove Dee full of cookies once they settle in.  

 I’d like to write about all the wonderful things that came out of my lease because there are so many…but not quite ready for that yet.  Obviously I knew the lease wasn’t permanent, but I have honestly no idea what is next for me.  I was hoping for a few more weeks to figure out a game plan, but I should’ve know planning around horses is useless, haha.  


And so ends the Demelia chapter of this riding adventure.  I wish her all the best, and hope that I get to see her someday soon!  It’s been a real pleasure having her in my life.  

33 thoughts on “A Chapter Closed

  1. Sending hugs girl. There’s nothing harder than saying goodbye to a good mare, something that apparently never gets any easier. Glad you and Dee had so many wonderful experiences and memories.

  2. As your biggest fan and life long companion, your relationships with all of the horses that have touched your life have helped make you a wonderful person full of compassion and riding experiences. I am so proud of you and you continue to amaze me with your wonderful talents in the horse world and in every aspect of your wonderful life outside of that world. Your loving Mother.

  3. I am so so sorry for you. The lack of control was personally my least favorite part about leasing. Dee was such a cool little mare. Hopefully the near future brings you a new opportunity!

  4. All my love ❤ I know how difficult this must be for you, but your next chapter is beginning! I can not wait to find out what that will be. Everything happens for a reason.

  5. I’m sorry 😦 She was a great horse for you when you needed her. Stay positive, I am sure the next great horse for you is right around the corner.

  6. I’m sorry to hear it ended so soon and abruptly. I know how that feels. But hang in there! You’ll figure out a new game plan – and feel free to shoot me an email any time if you want to chat about losing the horses we love but don’t own.

  7. Aw, what a bummer. Lots of hugs- it seemed like you and Miss Dee were a good match. I can send you Moe if you get desperate and would like to a) take up eventing or b) do the jumpers! 😛

  8. ugh, I’m just getting around to reading this post and boy, it’s a rough one. The lease game is always a tough gig. I’m glad you had the time with her you did because I know you both learned a lot from each other. Kudos to you for keeping a positive perspective on the whole situation- it sure isn’t easy, even if it is logical.

  9. Even professional relationships are hard to let go of when it comes to horses. Glad you had such a great time with Dee and I hope you have plenty more horses to have adventures with in the future!

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