Bye bye Archie

There’s a reason I’ve ridden so many different horses (probably over a hundred). This is simply the reality of people like me who love horses and pay to ride them, but do not own one of our own. We are the peons of the horse world, and the animals are bought and sold underneath us. It’s not all bad, because riding a lot of different horses has made me a better and more versatile rider. But it’s a sad thing, and it’s why every horse lover wants her own horse. The reality of not being an owner is that practically every time you get start to get attached to a horse, the horse gets sold elsewhere.

For people who make their living in horses, the buying and selling of horses is often the core of that business. Once I asked the owners of the Arabian stable in Texas, where I rode years ago, if any of their horses were for sale. They gave me a quizzical look, like it was a silly question, and said, “They’re all for sale.”

Archie, a Thoroughbred/Andalusian cross, is going to a family in Colorado, where he will be used for light trail riding and dressage. I love him, and I hope he will have a great home there.

I rode Archie for the last time today and fed him a couple of carrots, and I will never see him again. I am sad, but I have been through this with a dozen horses before Archie. There is no solution except the Horse Fund, which has a whopping $0 in it so far. But all my book money is going into the Horse Fund. There should be money in it before the end of the year.

In the meantime, I’ll be taking lessons on a new horse. Stay tuned.

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9 Responses to Bye bye Archie

  1. Jessi Gage says:

    So sad. But you seem to have a good outlook. I hope your next horse is just as great!

    • Amy Raby says:

      Thanks. Yeah, I hope so too. Archie did one thing for me; he introduced me to the Andalusian breed. I’m now seriously considering an Andalusian if the Horse Fund ever has enough money in it to buy one.

  2. This is sad. But here’s hoping your books allow to buy an entire stable of horses!

  3. Amy, I\’m so sorry for you. My dream horse which I\’ve had since she was three (she\’s now 17) is essentially unrideable due to the suspensories in her fetlocks stretching. She\’s now retired and living with my former dressage trainer who\’s hoping she\’ll produce a beautiful baby next year. Right now, I\’m out of horses for the first time in 30 years. It\’s strange, but I need to concentrate on my writing and paying off a bunch of bills. Maybe someday I\’ll get another horse. Time will tell.

    Good luck on both your riding and your writing.

    • How weird. I have no idea why this is putting slashes before every apostrophe. Sorry about that.

    • Amy Raby says:

      Sorry to hear about your horse having to retire. I haven’t owned a horse yet so I haven’t had to deal with the heartbreak of injuries or worse (I have friends who have lost horses at young ages to colic), but it seems the tragedy of being a horse lover is that they are fragile animals.

  4. annehawkins says:

    This post hit really home with me. I worked on a ranch a couple years ago, and the horse I used six days a week, eight hours a day is also in Colorado. My horse fund is empty at this time as well, and I too want to use my writing income to buy a horse of my own. I’d love to see if I can purchase one of the fantastic horses I’ve had the privilege to ride, lease, or borrow over the last six years. Leo, Hammer, Buster, and especially Paint have all been a wonderful part of my life. I wish you luck in your horse ownership (and book selling) journey. Thanks for the great post— it reminded me why riding many different horses has a positive side. Some of them were incredible teachers and confidence boosters, and not always because of their charming personalities. Congratulations on the Daphne as well, I saw it on the GSRWA loop yesterday!

    • Amy Raby says:

      I have heard from so many writers who plan to use their writing income to buy a horse! One of my fellow Golden Heart finalists has actually done it–she sold her series and went right out and bought a horse. In her case, she was able to spend the money now, knowing she’d get paid by the publisher later. In my case, I need the money actually in the fund before I’ll feel comfortable spending it, so I have to wait a while. Good luck with your writing and future horse adventures!

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