We had to step away and close up shop for a number of reasons back in the summer of 2017. I wanted to share a little bit of what was going on, and why running Bending Line Designs at that time was not feasible. Two of them were horse related, one was dog related, and the other reason was business related.
First – the horse reasons
I had two horses at the time, Mario (retired) and Ray. I’d only had Ray a year, but we were simply not a good fit. Don’t get me wrong. He was a lovely horse, but way too green for me and too forward. I made the tough decision to sell him, but wasn’t aware at the time just how involved selling a horse could be. Or how expensive, as it takes time and you’re still paying for board, vaccines, etc.
While in the process of listing Ray, I found my next horse – Ellie Mae. As soon as I saw her ad, I knew this was the horse for me. My better sense should have chimed in and said “wait a minute you fool – you haven’t sold Ray yet”, but of course it kept quiet. I went down to Charleston, South Carolina with my poor dad (who knows nothing about horses but was super sweet and came along for support). I tried her out and fell in love. Fast forward to Ellie’s arrival at the barn. Off the trailer steps a draft cross with severe separation anxiety (totally missing her best friend named Carrot – haha I love that name) and a lack of manners. From Day 1 she was. rearing on a lead line, barging out of her stall and pasture, scaring the barn workers, and trying to boss everyone around with her size. I was terrified of her.
So there I was, 3 horses and not a single 1 to ride. One with too much arthritis and thin feet, another that was too green and gave me constant ride anxiety, and a third that scared me to death just from the ground. Fun times!!
Second – the dog reason
While all of this was going on, we also unexpectedly received a new lab puppy, an adorable little yellow lab named Kippy. This brought our dog total up to four! Two chihuahuas, a bullmastiff, and a 10 week-old lab. When I wasn’t waiting for people to show up to try out Ray, crying that Ellie was terrifying, or taking care of Mar’s never ending abscesses – I was waking up at 5am to take out Kip. Add BLD and my standard day job – and something had to give. There was simply not enough of me to go around. My animals always come first, so I had to make the tough decision to close BLD.
Fast forward to today
Since then, I was able to sell Ray to a wonderful home in November of 2017. That same week, Ellie Mae was moved to a trainer specializing in behavioral issues and we also started treating her for ulcers. It has taken over a year to become comfortable with Ellie and now I love her to pieces, but that discussion is for another time.
Our lab, Kippy, is now almost two. He has calmed down considerably and the dogs are somewhat in balance. I am finally at a point where reopening Bending Line Designs is an option.
So let’s get back to it!
Oh wait – I mentioned a business reason. Check out the new BLD business model for more details.