By Jessica Wallin

Hi HJU! This is my first blog post ever, so I’m so excited!

I’d like to talk about my 13 year old Dutch warmblood gelding, Milo. Every single time I get in the saddle, that horse teaches me something. I am so thankful to have this guy in my life. I can always rely on him to be there for me at the end of a long week, never questioning if or why I was too busy to come out to ride. I never realized how hard it would be in my adult life to ride. Between the money and the time, it seems almost impossible sometimes. I know I can always trust that Milo will be waiting at the gate for me, just happy to see me.

I had a big decision to make this winter. To bring him in to a barn for the winter, or to leave him at home for yet another winter. After the support of my incredible boyfriend and family, I brought him in to a wonderful facility on October 1st. The days leading up to bringing him in were accompanied with increasing stress about money, time, and being the best horse-mom I possibly could.

And then a blessing happened. It was only by chance (and luck) that I met a girl, here for school, looking for a non-complicated, non-dramatic lease for the winter. You know when you have that gut feeling about something? As soon as we started chatting, I knew she was the right person to half-lease my horse to. Before now, I’ve been lucky enough to never have to lease any of my horses out, and the thought of that just made me cringe. Between the politics and horror stories, I didn’t want anything to do with leasing. But the minute I saw this girl hack Milo around, and how relaxed and happy she was with him, I knew it was the right decision.

I live by the quote “everything happens for a reason”, and I’m so glad I made the decision to bring him in for the winter.

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