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    07-14-2010, 02:42 AM
A year can change a lot.

First off, I would like to appologise for poofing for so long. A lot has happened in my life and the computer, of course, was set aside for a long while. Now that summer is here, hopefully things have slowed down enough to come back.

I notice yesterday that it was getting pretty close to the fifteenth, the date I rescued my girl. Thursday will be the one year marker and I can't believe how fast time has gone by! I would like to share with all of you how far she has come since day one. I think you will agree that she is a totally different horse =)

Day one, July Fifteenth, 2009.

Our nasty head wound. 25 stitches from ear to ear and a drain.
(this is what happens when you put a horse whose owner claims that she "ties perfectly fine!" in the trailer. Now tell me what you think. Does this horse tie?)

-- A small while after--

-- Our first ride --

-- And here she is now. July Twelfth, 2010 --

Ignore my hands. We were in the process of neck reining when the camera caught her attention.

-- and this is probably from March or April... Mountains are still green.--

Cricket has come a long way, not just in appearance, but in who she is as a horse. I got her as a skinny six-year-old who was supposedly trained but obviously wasn't. She had small issues and huge issues. Some issues that were easily fixed, and some that took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. But mostly they took love and time (and TRAINING, hello.) Dr. Martin (the same vet who did her lovely stitch job...) came out last week to give her her shots and he couldn't believe how far she had come. He said over and over what a different horse she is. I agree. She is a totally different horse. There are things I do with her on a daily basis that if you told me this time last year I would be doing, I would have laughed in your face.

Oh, and guess what? She ties now.
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    07-14-2010, 03:00 AM
She is beautiful, from start to finish.
    07-14-2010, 10:20 AM
Good on you for putting all that work into her! Poor thing, that head injury looked so awful im so glad she has found you, she looks so much healthier and happier
    07-14-2010, 10:58 AM
Green Broke
Doesnt it feel amazing to know what you have come through together? She looks amazing!
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    07-14-2010, 11:00 AM
She is a beautiful girl all over!
    07-14-2010, 04:52 PM
Thanks, guys! She is a wonderful little horse.

Cakemom- It does feel great. I have a theory we could conquer the world hahahaha
    07-14-2010, 09:51 PM
She's beautiful!
    07-14-2010, 09:55 PM
Green Broke
Im sooooohappy for you and her! It always feels awesome to do something good, and this is behond good, you changed an animals life! Im so happy for you both! :)
    07-14-2010, 09:57 PM
She's gorgeous! Do you have any "after" pictures of her head? You must feel great right now with how long you've come. What do you plan to use her for? Trail riding?
    07-15-2010, 04:02 PM

Yes, I do have after pictures of her head, but it's not much to look at. Her forelock has grown back and there is not even a scar. I use her for just about everything, but we enjoy trail riding the most. We chase cows; do Gymkhana; participate in fun days at other peoples ranches; nothing serious, but I push her to try just about anything, and she does great with everything I throw at her. She's a rock solid trail horse, and my sanity.

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