It’s been a beautiful week, but also a very difficult week.
Marley has settled into Davis remarkably well. I can’t adequately express how grateful I am to everybody who has helped make this possible. I was able to visit him a few times this week, and I had a really lovely ride with him on Sunday. As he gets a chance to stretch his legs and socialize with other horses a bit more, he’s turning back into the horse I know so well – forward, goofy, curious, and happy.
Most of all happy.
I don’t know exactly what the future will hold, but I do know that he’s happy and extremely well cared for. At the moment that is enough.
Wheels up to New York on Saturday. California, I miss you already.
Part of the reason I’ve been so silent here is that I’ve been insanely busy… but the bigger reason is that I’ve been struggling to find the right words.
I’m moving back to the East Coast – NYC to be exact. My husband got an incredible job, and I’m so beyond excited for him. Our families are both East Coast-based, so I’m thrilled to be closer to my parents, in-laws, siblings, and their growing families. That said, the move is bittersweet in that it’s difficult to translate many of the things I love so much about California to New York.
Marley is, for the moment, at “camp” in Davis. I’m hoping to provide him with the opportunity to finish coming back into work and chill out a bit, while providing me with the opportunity to figure out horse-y life in NYC. I feel so lucky that I know people at this new barn who can help keep eyes on Marley and make sure he continues to progress.
Moving forward I’ll be changing the focus of this blog slightly, from Marley-centric to the slightly broader “how the hell do you reconcile horses with living and working in a major metropolitan area?” I hope Marley continues to play a starring role, but I also anticipate there will be many things to share and process while I navigate yet another extremely expensive, traffic-filled city.
I’ll leave you with this picture of Marley becoming best friends with Eli, one of the horses in the CANTER program. By all accounts he’s settling into his new routine well and I’m fairly confident that he believes he’s gone to horse heaven.
Life has been nuts. I’ll try to carve out the time to write more coherently soon. In the meantime – look how handsome my Red Monster is!