because I will be leaving the cold weather behind
because I will be finding sunshine again, which is so lacking in Pittsburgh
because my horses will have lush grass year round, not mud paddocks, and "mud crud" scratches.
because I will be leaving Marcelus Shale fields behind me and all the oil and gas line damage, fracking, and the gas fired power plants that are popping up everywhere all over our rural areas, destroying the scenic views of all my rural friends... oops sad now
because I will be leaving all the risk of mine subsidence behind me in this coal mining part of the country.
because I will be selling my little coal miners home and getting away from my loud, dirty, destructive, neighbors.
because my new neighbors are southern hospitality sweet and kind.
because I will be able to look out the window of my little cabin and watch my horses romp and play in lush green pastures.
because I will loose all my wonderful students I have spent so much time with, and even those I have just recently met. You have no idea how much this breaks my heart, I'm crying now writing this.
because I will leave behind my home town that I love, all my wonderful friends and family.
because I have to leave Holindales farm behind and know that this once very nice farm will be destroyed by it's new owners. Their plans for it include adding pasture boarding in already over crowded paddocks with barely enough grass for the current 15 horses there, as well as adding additional stalls to the barn without adding additional pasture space. It's heart breaking to know what sad fate the horses must endure in this area.
because the South Hills of Pittsburgh is such a bad place for horses to live, and there are very few decent barns willing to give them there basic needs.
So: Happy to see a better future, and sad to leave my loved ones behind.
I wish you all the best of luck and what life holds for you.
Onward and upward for K.T.Horsemanship at Southern Dreams Ranch, Americus Georgia