My Partner is Delight

My Partner is Delight
Heading into the great unknown

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Spinner 's First Show

I have to share these two pictures! This is Spinner, aka Wonder Pony, aka Mr. Dr. Prof. Love.

Yesterday we took him to his very first horse show. He was entered into the Walk/Trot beginning horse and the W/T beginning rider classes. He won 3rd in both classes. There were 10-15 people in the class!

Today we completely clipped the Wonder Pony. I wish we would have gotten it done before the show! Oh, and he stood there for all of it, falling asleep. I guess someone forgot to tell him it was his first experience with the clippers!

Here are the winners!

Here is a reminder of what he looked like on his first day at our house...

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Saddle B(r)itch Rides in the Star Parade

So here is one of my B(r)itchy friends riding her horse Bijon (okay, I don't know how to spell his name.... somebody let me know and I will edit this!)

She has been working hard to get her horse "parade worthy". I am so proud of her!

You go Denyce! Keep up the great work!

Three Amigos

A couple of weekends ago Lyn and I took our "Two-Year-Olds" out to another show. Tom took Star into the ring and Lyn showed Doll. Cheish had the opportunity to show a cute little half Arab yearling named "Cricket" in his very first class.

It was also Tom's first time to take a horse into the ring. He did a great job just relaxing and letting Star be who she is. Here they go! Lyn and Doll are just ahead of Tom and Star.

Unfortunately, Star thought she needed to stand backwards in the line- up!

Doll took first over Star. Both horses and their people had a great time.

Cherish had a great time showing Cricket. He was the only horse in his class. He wasn't too sure about being in that big 'ole arena all by himself! But, for his first time out he handled himself pretty well!

A Guest Blogger Writes About His Horse....

I usually don't write on the blog. In fact I never have. But I am really missing my horse
today. As I am writing this, tears are coming.

I can't say much, but he was my friend. We taught each other about pretty much everything. Becoming close to a horse, or even any animal, will teach you much about life and about yourself. If you truly become close to a horse, you life will never be the same. Honest. I never had a horse before, or any other kind of animal. When we brought him home, I was wondering what in the world we were doing. We was supposed to be Char's horse. But he and I hit it off. We were the same personalities. Peas in a pod. One of kind. Buds.

We brouht him home when he was 2 years old. Char wouldn't let me sit on him till he was 3. And thereafter we could only walk, but that was fine with me. I never sat on horse before, all fit and wide. He had a real slow stride from side to side. So I learned to sit on his back, without falling off. I learned to move my hips with his. Move as he does. The horse and you become one in a sense.

A few months later I started to trot. That was a very different experience. We learned together, both of us. When this happens, your horse and you connect in ways that just creep on you without notice. Now, here I am crying over my horse.

Finally I got to lope on him. That was rush, not only for me, but for him too. He didn't like to lope much, unless it was his idea. But this was an area that Ted and I disagreed much on. But when we got our heads together, it was great.

We went on a few trail rides together. We did a few play days together. We did a clinic together. I got bucked off him a few times. I got bucked off him once at a play day. I was riding out in the arena, getting warmed up. He was just feeling good and gave a happy buck. At that time I was still learning to ride. I couldn't stay on. I came off him right in front of God and everybody. I rode him bareback and fell off a few. We did stuff together. We learned together.

I will miss my great friend Ted. He is a good place now. Through the high prices of hay and other circumstances, I decided to sell him. Hopefully I will be riding Star next year. But I will alway remember Ted. I will always have fond memories of him. Don't joke about me or my horse. Those are fight'n words. If you do, you just don't understand, and probably never will.

Monday, June 2, 2008

First Ride of the Year

Went on my first trail ride of the year. I love going down the trail and so does my horse Delight. She just marches right down the trail. I bet in her younger days she might have been a good endurance ride!

I took the girls and their horses along. This was Spinner's first time ever out on the trail. He was a champ. You would never guess that this was his first time out ever. Once again he proved his weight in gold!

I was in heaven riding with my girls on their very own horses. I am so proud of them. They did all of the work, handling their own horses. All I had to do was get my own horse ready.

This is one of my favorite things in the world to do....