Dove is a roughly 15hh Appaloosa/Mustang mare that I purchased back from my mother in Dec 2011 - Dove was also my very first horse in 2001 as a barely halter broke 2 year old! Some of you might've seen my post a couple weeks ago in the Training section but wanted to show a timeline in the photo section of our progress thus far and our future sucesses through this summer's lineup of endurance and dressage classes!
December 2011 Dove weighed around 1300+ lbs
First couple rides in December were slow going...she'd had 3+ years off as a pasture fluff, but I'm THRILLED to have her back!
January we did 5-6 rides in draw reins to introduce the idea of work and moving correctly...
She's really starting to retain our rides and work more!
Best. View. Ever.
Braided for mud...
So today, 14 weeks later, Dove is closer to 1200 lbs now just from change of diet and regular exersize! Today we took our first training ride around the block - about 3-ish miles, to start prepping for endurance! I also had shoes put on her to prevent any wearing down/bruising of the feet so we're set and ready to go!
I thoroughly plan to use this thread as a dialog for our future training and updates - will try to update every week or 2! Other than endurance in June/July I intend to enter Dove in a dressage fun show probably just walk/trot in May but we'll see how she progresses! Stay tuned!!!