Baron finally has enough hair that I feel okay saddling him up. I took him out for a short hack and did some trotting and cantering. He was a good boy, even with the psycho Arab mare calling out to him across the fence. The following day my trainee used him in a lesson with a 14 year old girl and she said he was great again. I’m really proud of his versatility and his happy personality.
I feel like I should update you on some non-horsey stuff that is affecting my horsey life. I have gotten involved with an organization that works to take little girls out of brothels in Cambodia. When I say little, I mean 5 and 6 year olds. I’ve always been really interested in women’s advocacy issues and now that I have a little girl of my own this issue had become very important to me. I have made it my goal to raise $1000 for the organization inn 2012. Thankfully I’m already at $850 and I have two more fundraisers in the works. I’ve also decided I want to visit Cambodia and see for myself what’s happening there and the good things that are being done. Plane tickets cost about $1400 bucks, so some saving is in order. That means no lessons and no shows.
Not to get all philosophical and sentimental on you, but I feel like raising funds and awareness about child sex trafficking is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. With that in mind, horse shows and lessons have to take a back seat. I’ve sort of resigned myself to the idea that I’ll never have the time or money to become anything more than a ‘for fun’ rider because I’m not willing to give up my other passion and focus solely on horses. A much as I love riding, I can’t get away from how much rage I feel about what is being done to children half a world away from me. If I have to sacrifice one to make an impact on the other, I’m okay with that.