She has made such a huge difference for us and I am not sure how on earth I will find another trainer/coach that gets us quite so well. She has always had total faith, even when we were hot hot hot messes. The thought of finding a new person is terrifying enough. Having to be so careful with Stinker's brain basically doubles that. He can take some pressure, but too much and he loses his brain. Finding the just right amount is an artwork in itself.
Going to miss this guy too
Finally, there are the professionals that I am probably not going to see before I leave, but they have been huge. My main vet who is amazing and managed to get me (and Stinker) through the EPM. The wonderful acupuncture vet who can laugh at the fact my horse was a giant asshole the first two times she met him. And went to the extra effort of asking for specific treatment plans for him in her courses. The farrier that lets me pay him in beer. At the beginning of the month Stinker pulled a shoe. We couldn't find the shoe and he ripped his foot enough that the nails weren't going to hold. The farrier came out just for him, fitted a new shoe, epoxied his foot, and when I asked how much I owed him he said, "a beer surprise."
Hopefully I am able to get through this weekend without too many tears. The horse people here have made it for me. I know I wouldn't have made it though the first year with Stinker without the help and support of these amazing people. I don't know how to express my gratitude to them, so I am writing it on a blog that they don't know exists.