I just got my first horse at the start of September! I started riding when I was nine, so seven.. almost eight years, and I've been leasing for the past four. I leased an older Quarter Horse mare who first showed me some of the responsibility it takes to own a horse, and then for the last two years, I leased a green-broke Quarter Horse gelding. I did most of his training and he's now an incredible horse, he's had an insane amount of interest with a lot of prominent trainers in my province inquire about him. He's English trained but definitely has that natural Western "vibe" so to speak.
Onto Indie! I decided that I wanted a Thoroughbred mare, preferably, I wanted the horse to be under eight.. but I made a compromise there, as Indie is ten. She'd been out of work for a couple years and had only been being ridden for a couple months, although she was still incredibly stiff and needed lots
of work, which she still does. Well, against my better judgement, I decided to go down and see her a second time. She was sweet and charming, and had lots of potential. Needless to say, we ended up buying her and she came home a couple weeks later once we got x-rays done and had everything finalized.
Just in the past month (got her home on September 7), she's gone from running from leg pressure, not being able to walk on a loose rein without breaking into a trot.. to a horse who happily walks along on a loose rein, side-passes like she's done it all her life and catches on very
quickly. She gets worked up easily but we're working on it! I've kept a progress journal of every ride and I love looking back on it. We've bonded so much this past month (it seems like it's been so much longer!).. we had a rocky start but now we get along great. She's hilarious and cracks everyone up with her personality, she's incredibly quirky. When she gets too relaxed, her bottom lip will sag and she'll start drooling.. I also like wigging her lip around. IMAG0329
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