Happy Retirement Chilli

rosiesowner

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Well, I posted on here when I first got Chilli so it seems fitting to make this post too. For the past few months I've been pretty inactive here, figuring out the path forward in my life! I've started studying at uni this September. I'm commuting due to covid, but still wouldn't have the time or money to have a horse of my own for now anyway! Or perhaps I could have, if I really lived penny to penny but I don't want to do that. Plus, Chilli has showed me this year that at 19, after a busy life she is ready for the quiet life and while I could have kept her going and she is sound, I know she's much happier retired. So, she's gone to a lady her owner knows where she can live out with a field shelter in the most lovely, quiet village keeping cows and sheep company. She settled in pretty much immediately and it was when we left her chilling in the field I knew I'd done the right thing. Unfortunately there is just nowhere near me/affordable enough for me where she could live out 24/7 on excellent grazing. That is what she's getting in her retirement home, which made it one of the easiest decisions to make, even though it was hard and painful to go through with it. She went last weekend and the good news is I can visit her whenever I like. I'm giving us both a bit of time to settle into our new routine before I go though.

I'm still riding a few times a week and hope to get out to do some jumping on a friend's horse. While the break from having my own will be tough, I need to further myself so that I can have a job earning more than minimum wage so I can do adult things like have savings and a pension as well as fund my horse life!

She was 14 and I was 17 when we met and now we're almost 20 and 23 respectively. How time flies!! She has been the best little horse and taught me so, so much! I will always be thankful for her.

Happy retirement Chilli!

Some pics to add some colour:

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2017:

 

Midlifecrisis

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Well watching the vids made me quite emotional...what a lovely rider you are and what a super time you both have had. Well deserved retirement for Chilli and all the best in your studies at university. Let us all know when you next take up horsey adventures.x
 

Equi

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What beautiful photos! And the perfect life for Chilli. Enjoy your self Chilli!

Good luck with uni. You're right to take the steps towards education and jobs etc now and horses can come again later, and i have no doubt you will be able to find another belter with your abilities.
 

McFluff

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Lovely - you were both just right for each other. Very wise to aim for a good job now as it’ll let you find another special horse in the future. Good luck.
 

j1ffy

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As you know, she's one of my favourite HHO horses! I always forget she's in her late teens, she looks so lovely.

Happy retirement Chilli, and good luck at Uni RO!
 

humblepie

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Lovely pictures and she always has such a happy look on her face. Good luck with Uni and hope she has a lovely retirement with her farmyard friends.
 

Sussexbythesea

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Happy retirement Chilli. Best of luck with Uni RO, hopefully it’ll mean that you’ll have the income be able to enjoy horses in the future and other things too rather than either or.
 
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