Oh, my children deserve so much more than I can give them. I'm happy someone started this thread
Where do I begin?
Jester has grown up with me....we share a birthday (August 5th) and I learned to ride on him. He has given me so many beautiful foals out of beautiful mares and has produced me many a blue ribbon. He's been there when I was scared. I once had a whole bunch of druggies come up to the barn when I was about eleven and I was there alone. I was so freaked out that I hid in a horse blanket in the straw of his stall. Jester stood right next to me the whole time. And whenever we were going to fall he would do whatever he could to soften the blow for me. I owe him more than any horse.
My Annie Bell....My Bella. Retrained off the track and being a one-person horse, she always runs up to me from the pasture and follows me around....The sweetest face and the most evil-but-cute personality. She makes me laugh every day with her antics, despite her flaws with other people riding her. She's been labeled as unrideable, dangerous, a hazard, and the reason they call OTTB's crazy. But for me she's a sweetheart. I've trained her into a jumping career and now we are starting dressage.
My Rebel. The newest one to the group.....The best deal I could have ever found. I gave up my barrel saddle for him and I'm not dissappointed. Older, yes, but he is worth every scrap of leather. The lady who owned him had no idea what she had. A gentle, kid broke horse who still knows how to slide a stop, run barrels, and drive a cow.
Gringo....My irritable, feisty, true-to-the-name stud horse. A talented Jumper despite his cowhorse roots. He may not be the most.......easy to ride horse, but he has personality that makes him loveable. I look forward to his nickers most of all in the morning.
The broodmares and foals are not ridden often (Obvious for the foals) and they all give me something to care for outside the rideable horses. I owe them most of my horse health skills.
I owe so much also to the horses at my trainers....Toni lets me ride and excersize her horses in exchange for my lessons. Considering I live across the way from her, it makes my life easier. She has provided me with so many great horses to ride and care for. It's my honor....The newest filly, Dot, is the best reiner I have ever seen. And I've seen so many cutters, reiners, track horses....everytihng from her. Since she does nearly every discipline, she needs jockeys like me and the others to show when she can't. Since the stables are her primary job, she is showing all weekend and gives many a lesson during the day. It always boggles my mind how she handles it all. No wonder she has so many hands around the barns.
I have already written myself a novel but I have a lot more to say. I'll spare you all the rest....and ignore my typos ^^