For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
As many of you know, the Ranch has quite a reputation when it comes to our age-defying senior horses – in fact, the vet still can’t get over our stallion Shunka firing bullets at 30 years old!
However, we have to face facts and the sad inevitability of loss.
We have been in business for more than 20 years now and a number of our horses have been with us throughout this journey, helping us to shape George’s Ranch into the premier equestrian centre you see today.
But time waits for no man – or horse – and good feed, care and love can only go so far, meaning we all have to accept the inevitable passing of our older friends and companions when the time comes.
This is one of the great upsets of life, but it is also part of the natural cycle of life, and we need to accept our losses when they occur, and be thankful for the happiness we shared while cherishing the memories that stay with us.
And then, when all is done, we honour the legacy of those we lose over the years by bringing in new horses – to train up, to care for and mould into the companions who will take us into the next phase of our existence.
Before you know it, these new horses then become as much a part of the Ranch as our senior team. For example, it’s hard to believe that Toffee has only been with us three years because he’s already treated like an old favourite among staff and clients.
Of course, this is the bittersweet fact of life at a working yard – the old will leave us, but their passing allows us to offer other horses the kind of life that will hopefully see them remain fit and active into their mid-to-late twenties.
Right now, the Ranch is busy preparing for the future, which means Caroline has been touring the island – and beyond – to find the best of the best out there to keep George’s Ranch ahead of the game.
We have already enjoyed some success with new horses – our appaloosa Julietta has taken to schooling like a pro and is already helping with lessons and our three-year-old Andalusian Valentina is proving to be quite the athlete as she enjoys being a baby still with a little light work thrown in to begin her education.
However, to meet the demands of next year’s tourists, not to mention the ever-growing ambitions of our own young riders, the cycle of life means we have to keep moving forward. It’s not always easy, but the results are always worth it.
So, watch this space in the coming weeks because we’ve got some exciting news on the way regarding new horses.