Amadeo is my talented, complicated 17 year-old Andalusian gelding. I have had him since he was 8, when I imported him from Spain. He has never been an easy ride for me, and about six months ago, he made the decision that he did not want me to ride him. To be more specific, he decided that only Brandi Rivera, his very talented trainer (and mine) should ride him. We confirmed all of this with an animal communicator. She told us that he wanted to show off his skill and beauty, which includes the gorgeous flying changes, pirouettes and half passes that he is doing.
Brandi is now pregnant and not riding. So Amadeo, this brilliant and opinionated horse, is unemployed. And because he is not turned out with another horse because he can get rambunctious, he is both unemployed and lonely.
My happiest scenario for Amadeo is that someone would love him, like to lease him and enjoy riding and spending time with him. Deo loves to work – he enjoys that connection with himself and a rider – he is just very specific about how that looks and feels. I love him, but I am not that rider – something that has taken me some time and some tears to accept. If you are interested in meeting Deo, you can see him here, and follow that contact information.
My challenge in all of this is to not obsess about figuring out what will happen next for Deo. To not focus on what is making me unhappy, but to feel my way toward a beautiful outcome for both of us. And to keep all of that general, because getting specific creates more thinking, more working at it, more obstacles.