This new situation has actually made me feel very comfortable in my decision to keep Rio home with me, rather than send him off to live a life of retirement out in an open field somewhere. I think he needs to be close where he can be monitored carefully.
On the other hand, I am questioning my plans for Jamp for the remainder of the summer. My plan was to take him to VT for two shows in August. However, I feel like I need to stay close to Rio. I'm not sure how much longer I'll have with him, and I don't want to leave for 10 days in August not knowing what I'll return home to. On the third hand (or maybe a foot?), Jampy is 15 and not showing him much this summer is also somewhat wasteful for him. I guess maybe I'll look for some shows close to home, so I can try and do what's best for both of them.
So that's my conflict for today. First world problems, I realize. For me, these horses are my family, and it's hard to know what's right sometimes.
I shall leave you with some adorable photos of the herd. (which kind of leads to an actual confession: I take obscene amounts of Rio photos every day.)