Turning the Page

As this new chapter starts for me, I’m happy to say that a new chapter is starting for Francisco as well.

Thankfully, this new chapter will still include plenty of naps AND plenty of snuggles

In a wonderful turn of events, Frankie has a new kid to love on him for the next year! Starting next week, he will be fully leased out to one of the juniors that rides with my trainer, and is already happily embracing his job as a confidence-boosting packer (though we all know that’s really always been his job).

I’m certainly having a lot of emotions about this: relief that he is remaining in-barn under my trainer’s watchful care, happiness that he’ll get to do a job he really enjoys at a level he finds straightforward, pride that he’s such a good boy that can make this kid happy, excitement to see their growth together, gratitude for the people that worked together to find such a perfect situation to keep Frankie nearby. But also regret that I won’t be the one holding the reins for the next year, and sadness that I’ll be cheering him on from the sidelines instead of waiting for the buzzer go off from his back.

There is no feeling that can compare to the mix of excitement, adrenaline, confidence, and pride I feel walking into the ring on this beautiful boy

But that’s all part of the different chapters, and I can acknowledge the bittersweetness while still embracing this new chapter. This truly is an ideal setup for us for the next year: it takes a financial burden off me and my husband while we adjust to a new lifestyle, while still keeping Frankie where I can stop by and see him whenever I’d like. I’ll still get to groom him and give him tons of smooches, will still get to bring my baby out to meet him as soon as we’re out of the hospital (too soon? nah), and will still feel good knowing that he’s going to be receiving the same wonderful care he’s been thriving under for the past five years.

I’ve always promised Frankie to make the best decisions I possibly can for his care and I’m confident that he’s going to have a wonderful year making this kiddo very happy! He’s more than earned an easy retirement with me when the time comes, but we have many years and many adventures yet before that happens. In the meantime, I am especially grateful that my trainer and whole barn family love Frankie and want to keep him around as much as I do.

The Frankfurter Fan Club is going strong and he knows it

With Frankie officially handed off and me officially out of the saddle, I’m not sure what this blog will look like in the coming months. I certainly plan to keep up with all of you, and hope to share pieces of the adventure. I’ll probably be more active on my other social media in the meantime though, so feel free to connect with me on Instagram at @hellomylivia!

Forever love for my perfect boy

8 thoughts on “Turning the Page

  1. Emily - May as Well 12/11/2020 / 8:01 am

    Oh my gosh I totally panicked when I saw the title of this and thought you sold him! Seriously. Pure. Panic. Hahaha But seriously, sounds like the absolute best situation for everyone in the next year. Can I say I am a bit jealous of the kid leasing Frankie? They’re going to have the BEST time.


    • Olivia Pechstein 12/11/2020 / 8:03 am

      Oh my gosh I could never ever sell him!!! I’m getting emotional enough with this lease, where I still get to see him as often as I want. I would have a full mental breakdown if he ever left!!!

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      • martidoll123 12/14/2020 / 12:03 pm

        same i didnt want to click on this title 🙂 Sounds like a plan! and I too am jealous of the kid 🙂 And please keep blogging esp when you get closer to your baby time!! And also share the kid and Frankie’s adventures as you can!!


      • Olivia Pechstein 12/15/2020 / 8:44 am

        Frankie certainly isn’t going anywhere permanently, I need my snuggle fix from him even if I can’t ride!!! I’ll definitely be checking in, and of course will have to share the inevitable leadline pictures 😉

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  2. carey 12/11/2020 / 12:10 pm

    I knew it wasn’t a sale announcement (because I would have been the one to buy him!) – and I’m so happy you found the perfect solution! How great he is still with your trainer and you can still stop buy and stuff him with cookies AND he gets to make another rider super happy. Joy all around.

    I understand the sadness of not being in the saddle, but focus on the good he’s doing for the kid, and the relief you have knowing he’s in good hands and that you can focus on your little without guilt.


    • Olivia Pechstein 12/11/2020 / 4:46 pm

      It really is an ideal situation, there is SO MUCH relief in finding this match for him!! I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t see him for a whole year ❤


  3. Stacie E Seidman 12/11/2020 / 12:27 pm

    Probably a really tough decision for you, but it sounds like the perfect situation while you focus on becoming a mom to a human.
    One of my barn friends here is doing the exact same as you. Just leased her unicorn in barn to a kiddo while she cooks her bun. It’s really so perfect, because you guys can visit your fur kids whenever you need, and they stay in the same program. Win-win!


    • Olivia Pechstein 12/11/2020 / 4:48 pm

      It really is a win win!! Francis has been so happy and relaxed in this program, it is a huge burden off my mind to know that all the things that make him happy get to continue ❤


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