How do you deal with time "between" horses?
For the first time in 19 years, I am without a horse to ride. I have gone from consistently riding 5 to 6 times a week and competing frequently to hardly riding at all. I still have my guy, but he's currently on stall rest and likely to enjoy a life of retirement after that. There are horses I can catch ride at the barn where I board, but it's just not the same as having your own horse. Plus, with my work schedule, I can really only catch ride on the weekends. My trainer generally is not out and about during the wee hours of the morning when I typically ride during the week.
I'm currently shopping for my next horse, but I'm not having a whole lot of luck. Out of the many horses I've tried, the one I really liked turned out to have navicular changes and ringbone (not exactly a great combo for someone looking to do prelim + eventing). Also, not exactly a great combo to see in a 10 year old horse.
So, much of my horse time these days is spent grazing my guy, which I love to do, but I still find myself depressed as a result of no riding goals on the horizon. Have you ever experienced time "between" horses? How'd you cope?
I've become obsessed with finding another horse, but I just can't find any candidates that I seem to like as much as the one that didn't work out. Any advice?
Sorry in advance for the whinefest...