She also quoted Mark Twain for me and geezzzz IF I could only remember it enough to google....something to the effect that don't give up because the stars could rule in your favor at the last minute.....maybe someone could help me with the quote.....it was special.
It's 4 days away and Ali'i isn't trotting out sound. I saw something last week but thought it was just the Tevis paranoia....and that I was alone to not check him properly so I put it out of my mind for a few days. Then Tony and I went out on Sunday and I had T trot him out for me. Not so pretty. Down the trail (I was hand walking him) he looked better. But big enough that he wouldn't pass the pre-ride vet check this Friday if he looked like he did on Sunday, or today.
So much has happened I have been tentative about blogging anything. Do I want people to send us bad thoughts and energy or positive energy? Tonight I decided I want you to know. I got a hand-made card from Sue tonight to wish me luck. It made me cry. She lives in this area and knows the magnitude of this race and what it means for people and the horses. It's big. She also wanted to do Tevis at some time in her life so she's been a big fan. Jolene said a pray for Ali'i last night and told God we have worked so hard that we deserve to try. That made me cry. At my endurance club tonight I met a woman from Lexington, KY, and the first thing she said (she is riding her first Tevis on Potato's horse), "I will pray for your horse ~ I need to know his name". The rest of the club said "Good luck" to me as we ended the meeting. What cool people. ALL of you. My dream is just my dream, but it's really touching to have others pray for you and your horse to help you achieve that dream.
I was so close to loading him in the trailer today for a trip to Janine's for 4 iron shoes. She is convinced he's foot sore. I am not. I know my horse. I had T & Donna talk me out of it. Thank God for the people who know me and my principles. We had a chiropractor work on Ali'i yesterday. He said Ali'i had a minor issue with his back, but overall he was in great shape.
I called Kevin at Easycare and let him know the situation. He was amazing. He told me to show up for my (hoof boot) glueing appointment, that it was ok to see if that was the problem knowing he's unsound today. He knows my principles also and we had never talked til today. In the meantime I am acting as if we are riding. I cleaned my saddle, started packing the crew boxes, toy hauler, writing instructions for everyone. But, I did drink wine. Tonight and last night. And, maybe a few tonight...
My whole being is visualizing a sound horse, start and finish. I can't say it's the easiest thing to do. 25 years of a dream and a week before it's flipped off the tracks. But, one thing I know about flipping off track ~ you can come back and are stronger for it.
I will keep you posted. Btw, our number is 91.