So, I arrived at my new working student position last Friday afternoon and I've finally managed to get some pictures! I swore to myself I wouldn't update you all without pictures, after all those are the best part!
Things are going VERY well! My body is adjusting to all the work and this morning was the first morning I didn't wake up aching and sore! We currently have 10 horses on the property (going to be 9 soon, one is leaving today) and I got pictures of all of them, including some other pictures of the facilities themselves! My days have been long, but fun, and I've already started learning so so much! It's nice to be able to take lessons on some of their been-there-done-that horses, because I can really get the right feel and I can work on myself a whole lot more!
Clean stall! By the way, mucking out straw-bedded stalls is a lot harder than it looks. There's definitely a certain technique!
The beast trailer! 4 horse + living quarters, tackroom in front and smaller storage area in the back.
Hannah! 7 y/o, I think Thoroughbred crossed with something. I don't actually know. This is her cute face, usually she wears her dinosaur face...
This is why I call her Hannasaurus Rex. She really does not play well with others. On the ground she's a raging carnivore much of the time, under saddle she's wonderful though!
Coke, aka Waitangi Double Click. 6 year old Holsteiner x NZ Thoroughbred. He won the New Zealand Young Event Horse Championship as a 5 y/o and was imported this fall for a client. He is being trained with us and will eventually be sold as an upper level prospect.
The retired ones. In front is Mogie's recently retired CCI**** mare, Lexie (Select) who is currently due to foal in May 2011, next closest is a lighter bay named Kanga, a retired CCI* mare, and the dark bay with a stripe is Ace (Spaceman) a retired CCI*** gelding (my favorite, he's such a super fun ride!).
Nissi (Omniscient), 8 y/o NZ Thoroughbred mare. She was imported with Coke this fall. Another very, very fun horse to ride. She can really jump and her gaits are all so smooth! Also for sale and in training until she's sold!
Murphy! He's currently being boarded with us until we leave for Aiken. Such a little tank, but he's all Thoroughbred! Super sweet boy.
Falko, Kayla's (Mogie's step-daughter and barn manager) CCI** Czech Warmblood gelding. He's a fun horse to be around. Definitely has a big personality!
Zoey, a horse Kayla has been training for a while now. She's a 3 y/o OTTB owned by CANTER. She's probably the BRAVEST 3 y/o I've ever met. She's never looked at a jump and just cruises over them like they're not there. She hasn't done a ton of jumping (due to her age) but she's gone out for a couple cross country schoolings and done one or two little 2'3" courses. She also got to go to her first eventing show (unrecognized) and she went clear in both XC and SJ! She's going back to CANTER for the winter, since we can't take her to Aiken with us.
And lastly this is Corbin! 7 y/o Thoroughbred who is also in training to be sold. He's another of my favorites. Just very sweet, very talented horse.