My how time flies! We have been stopped for three weeks and it hardly feels like one! Again we are grateful beyond words for the hospitality we have received in Kentucky while we and the horses are recuperating. We have been so emotionally lifted up by all of your encouragement, the prayer, and being “loved back to life” by some pretty special people here!
Satchmo has been recovering very well, though he does still have a ways to go. That means that we will continue to rest until he is ready. We are guessing it will be another few weeks. But we have come to peace with that: everyone was past due for a long rest. The body can only go so long before it breaks down under intense situations- that goes for human and horse. It has nothing to do with the athletic capability of our ponies or ourselves- we were all simply worn out. We were at that breaking point and this is just God smacking us upside the head and saying, “REST for pity’s sake!” (Well, that may not be exactly Biblically correct- but something like that!)
Anyhow, the horses have all gained back some weight. Their backs are recovering. We are looking into other saddle options to prevent any further problems. Even Bella has gained back some weight and has perked up more if that is possible! Richard and I, after 3 weeks of reading and staring at the walls because we were too tired to do anything, are only just now getting more energy to do something. We have begun regular exersize to strengthen our bodies, are taking strong vitamins and doing a cleanse to improve our energy, and our hosts have some fun activities planned for us to boost our excitement level.
We want to give a heartfelt thank you to Wild Rose Farm and the Brown family who hosted us for the first three weeks of our rest. They blessed us so very much. We will share more about them and some of our special moments in the future when I get back in the swing of writing regular blogs.
We have now moved to another location for the remainder of our rest so that the burden of hosting us for such a long stop is not placed on one family alone. We will continue to take time off from the work load of the ride and focus on recuperating, which means that our location will remain private until we are ready to start riding again- then we will start the SPOT gps tracker going again!
We have, by the way, done alot of praying about if being “broke down” means we should stop and go home or not. Just as God did in the beginning- before we ever left home- He made it utterly clear in less than 24 hours that continuing is going to be ok. Every time we start to doubt this trip, He gives us the encouragement we need to know He is still behind it. We don’t want to do anything He doesn’t want us to do. So all that to say- yes, we do plan to continue. It’s just a matter of waiting until everyone is ready to finish strong. We look forward to the last push to the end- only about 700 miles- and more fundraising for Hearts Up Ranch as we go. We aren’t quite excited to ride again just yet, but when the time is right, we will be!
Thank you once again for all the prayer, concerns, well wishes, and encouragement. You may never know how much that means to us. We will try to update you another time or two during the rest and give you a heads up before we start to ride and write regular blogs. In the meantime, God bless you richly. ~ Jeannette and Richard