It seems we left off with the kids and Tiki. They are really enjoying getting to know him, as he's a way different horse than we've all been used to. Sug and James were characters, but of a quieter sort, if that makes sense. If he were a person, Tiki would be the one who walked into a room and everyone knew it immediately. He'd sit down next to you and engage you in a conversation about your feelings on Eastern mysticism, ask you to go skydiving the next day, and invite you to a class on painting watercolors the next.
We've also found a pony for me to play with. His name is Presidential, and he's a great big bay lovebug. I'm not 100% sure of his story, other than he was a Big Eq horse. I think he had a small injury and needed to be brought back with a lighter job until he's ready to go back to 3' 6" land, but I may be wrong. All I know is I am super lucky to have him for however long that turns out to be.
He's a big softie, and loves kisses and cuddles. I've taken to calling him Mooch, as he reminds me of a guy I used to know; he was a big ol' football player, nicest guy you ever met, always had a small for everyone. Not the brightest crayon in the box, but not the dullest. Just an all-around good doobie. And that's what this big bay boy is, so I'm calling him Mooch. Or Moochie. Or Smoochie-Moochie, because he likes to give kisses. Seriously, I can't help but baby talk him, he's such a big mush.
|Making out with Mooch|
So Mooch is my new babysitter, and I'm so lucky to be able to experience what this wonderful boy has to offer. That being said, it does feel weird and somewhat disconcerting to have a new partner. On one hand it feels so good to be able to ride, to be able to groom and play with and just "be" with a horse of my "own." On the other hand, it's different, as I'm learning a whole new language as he and I navigate our way towards a partnership, and that language has a lot of different vocabulary. And I miss the easiness of the old language, but at the same time enjoying learning the new one. Does that make any sense?
So that's where we're at. Back to normal, or, perhaps more accurately, the new normal.
Mooch loves his treats!