The other thing that happened in 2016 is that I bought a pinto horse. It is a long story but her name is Fancy (Fantasy was the name she came with.... which she is!) and she is a sweetheart. Originally an Amish horse who pulled wagons and was used for riding too, she was sold to a broker in Missouri and I bought her, sight unseen, off the internet. Fancy was categorized as 'bomb proof,' and for the most part, so far, she is! When I first bought her, in early 2016, we went on several rides, many of them incorporating wagon ruts from the Santa Fe Trail.... what a thrill! When I started building my house in March '16 though, the riding petered out as I got somewhat single-minded about finishing it by Christmas (which I did) and my body and energy were all used up with the construction work. Last month (October 2017) however, I got back in the saddle again! Yiipppeee! And my enthusiasm to get back to the business of my books and doing some kind of Santa Fe Trail rides has been rekindled.
Fancy and me in costume with wagon ruts behind us.
Riding Fancy in some wagon ruts!