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  • Taco and Reason Updates...

    so, its been a long time since I have updated- and this thread will have another contributor soon- as Taco is going to go to Cookiepony's house to stay for a year.

    My life has been rather crazy- I am back in school, ( this is NOT easy...makes prelim a cakewalk!!) and so I can do this, I am working midnights every weekend. So, no shows, at least for the next year or 2.

    I needed someone to have Taco and love him as I have, plus ride him, as I just don't have time. CP came and met him, fell in love (of course!) and decided to try it. Taco will leave next week- and CP will keep us all updated on how he is doing. They will be at her trainers for 6 weeks to make sure all works, and if it all does, she will be showing him, and he will hopefully teach her the ropes of training level. So, she is totally on target, if not ahead, for the TR level 3 day!

    Reason has been great, and I uploaded some pics of him. He is 13 months old, been off of his drugs for 2 months, seems very healthy. You cannot see his scar at all, and overall, is just great. Cheeky...yes! Enjoy!

    Pics of reason...

    oh... and that is MME- the tiny thing with the dark hair.

    I do NOT know how people get good pics of baby's or yearlings!! It's really hard!

  • #2
    Taco will be in wonderful hands...and how kind of you to do what's best for him at this stage in your Very Busy Life!!!

    And what are you now studying?


    • Original Poster

      Getting my RN- finally. Doing prereqs now- I was 8 years ago, and am again now an ICU tech in the CCU- great job, but limited. So, it's time.

      Honestly, I am lucky to get hired, for many reasons, a lot which you know FC! MME was very excited I passed my PPE as she called it! But more then that, the economy in MI is just hell right now. So, I feel very lucky. tired, but lucky!


      • #4
        That's wonderful! I'm looking forward to hearing about CookiePony's adventures with Taco. Reason is growing up so beautifully - no one would guess that he'd had such a rough start, by looking at him.
        Stay me with coffee, comfort me with chocolate, for I am sick of love.


        • #5
          Aww, Annika, I know seeing Taco go will result in tears, but it will be a worthwhile thing in the big scheme of things. He needs a job (even if that job recently has been driving you crazy) and you need time to make this school thing work. My heart goes out to you, but CP will be a fabulous person for him.

          I haven't looked at the Reason pics yet, but you know what a huge difference you've made in his life. He's a very lucky boy to have landed with you and I'm so glad to hear he's doing well.

          Maybe we can do Riggs and Reason's first event together, much like Taco and Bugsy! We'd have plenty of reasons to toast the end of the weekend.


          • #6
            Glad to get an update on both, Annika! Good luck with school, and I admire you for doing it! Busy indeed! Hope to see you at Richland this weekend if you're not working, that is!
            Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


            • #7
              Oh, WOW! I am so excited to hear that Taco is doing well enough to go to Cookiepony's to play. That is just such fabulous news! And, of course, the news about Reason is totally awesome too.

              And, best wishes for school -- that is a tough thing to take on but I know you will do a fabulous job of it!!

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              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by LAZ View Post

                Maybe we can do Riggs and Reason's first event together, much like Taco and Bugsy! We'd have plenty of reasons to toast the end of the weekend.

                Thank you Laz, and yes, the tears have been flowing- (Not like you just helped!! ) <hugs> to Bugs and Riggs!


                • #9
                  Awww, Reason looks sooo grown up! He's so purdy.

                  Yay CookiePony! What a great opprtunity!
                  God forbid that I go to a heaven in which there are no horses


                  • #10

                    Thanks for sharing those pics! Reason is looking so grown up and quite lovely. I hope that your life will not be too busy for you to dance, at least once in a while! Good luck in school. You are very generous to let go of Taco. CP will do him proud.
                    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                    • #11
                      Wow, that's exciting! Reason looks beautiful, even for a yearling. You want to see some UGLY yearling pictures, I have some of Bonnie with no hair, all skin and bones, swollen joints, etc. Healthy and sassy is beautiful, period.

                      And hooray for CP! What an awesome schoolmaster.
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                      • #12
                        Awww ... those pix of Reason are too cute. Sounds like Taco's new home is a win-win-win for all 3 of you. How great that you found such a good deal for him with someone that you trust where he will continue to live the good life.


                        • #13
                          Hey there! On many accounts, I'm so delighted for CP - she MORE than deserves a nice horse and will learn so much from your grand boy - one thing for sure - BUY LOTS OF CARROTS!!!!!!

                          Reason is simply lovely, and remains, like Taco, a tribute and testament to your persistent care and love.

                          Good for you for going for your RN and as usual jumping into something that needs to be done with everything you can give - I know DH appreciates you, but lots of sick people will too.

                          MUCHO luck and will be thinking of you.
                          ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                          • #14
                            Woohoo, Reason looks great! And Annika, I was wondering how you were doing, I haven't been doing much riding myself lately, it's a long story. So glad Taco is going to have some fun, sounds like he's feeling well and spunky.

                            The school sounds great, you will be great at it, all that practise with the ponies. I always say I learn a lot about in vivo pharmacology from my pony. Seems like just yesterday we were both entered at Richland and having a ball.


                            • #15
                              Well done, Annika! Making big changes in your life, bravely and with forethought about your babies.

                              Taco will do brilliantly, and when he comes home to you will be ready to do whatever you want.

                              Reason looks spectacular! Is that the same little fellow you were despairing over this past winter? I think you proved your ICU creds and then some with that save.
                              Many hugs to you and many carrotten to the boys.
                              They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                              Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                              • #16
                                Yes, you'll be a WONDERFUL RN if Reason is any indication at all He has grown into one beautiful boy! CP will be a terrific adoptive mom for Taco- you picked a great gal to place him with. Congratulations all the way around!!!


                                • #17

                                  Done deal--we'll do our first event together with the boys and see if we can do better than last and 2nd to last after dressage and not getting bucked off during show jumping warm up.

                                  At least both these boys are already nearly broke!

                                  (Riggs got his shoe off, his tendon laxity is greatly resolved, he got to come to come out and visit at Lani's b-day party and show his surgeon how great he's doing. Everyone had to ask which leg it was.)


                                  • #18
                                    I just went thru Reason's photos album from END to beginning...what a treat deluxe! OMG!!!! No wonder we all love him...
                                    Thank you!
                                    ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                                    • #19
                                      Hi! Thank you for all of the kind words! I have been wanting to log on all day but we had a family gathering. Of course, everyone who would listen heard all about Taco.

                                      Taco is a dream come true for me, to say the least. Earlier this spring, I realized that Banks and I have gotten got as far as we can together. He's taught me so much and has been a really good horse for me to get out and show on, but we aren't such a great match temperamentally. I've been lucky enough to borrow a friends's draft x for the summer, so I've been able to keep riding.

                                      But several weeks ago, Annika and I were exchanging emails and she mentioned that she needed to find a job for Taco. I screwed up my courage to ask whether she would be willing to let him be a lower-level horse for a little while and help me meet my Training 3-Day goal, and to my delight she was!! And, as she said, of course once I met him I was besotted. For my trial rides Taco was a perfect gentleman, and I loved how I was able to groom and fuss over him and he just ate it up. (Annika's farm and family are wonderful too, so I had the added bonus of spending some time getting to know them better, including handsome little Reason!). I decided to wait until I got home from a couple of trips I had planned for this month so I could be there when he arrived, so he's coming next week! I am having a very hard time being patient-- it is like waiting for Christmas when I know there will be a pony under the tree, only Christmas is in August!

                                      I am optimistic about our trial six weeks, and pinching myself that Taco is coming to me! I am so lucky to have the opportunity to get such a wonderful partner for the next year or two, and very honored by Annika's choice of me as his guardian. She's lending her wings to me-- thank you Annika.
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                                      • #20
                                        Wow what a wonderful update! Congrats to both of you, and what a great year 2008 turned out to be.

                                        Best of luck going back to school! I think about it sometimes, but as I face down 40, it scares me the death.
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