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.