I keep saying I'm going to officially introduce the mare I'm always talking about and then I forget. So here it finally is lol
Me and my mare the very first time I ever climbed on her back.
She is a 9yr old Arab. Her dam passed away (not sure why) so she was bottle fed. Once sold by the breeder she ended up in a home which fed her nothing but straw and bread. They also beat her to make her submissive enough to saddle. They never could ride her because she layed down and refused to get up which in turn got her beat again. Her last owner 'rescued' her and spoiled her rotten literally. She foundered and learned to be extremely pushy and disrespectful. They never did any work with her either, just turned her out to pasture. Her last owner had to get rid of her because she was sick/weak and could not control Comet. Everyone was scared she was going to get hurt and Comet was deemed dangerous. So that's how she ended up at the rescue I work for. Idk why but we just clicked. We bonded right off the bat and that led the owner to basically give her to me. We have worked through alot of issues, both her fears and mine. She is teaching me how to trust, how to be forgiving, and that there is always sunshine at the end of the storm. If she can trust again, if she can forgive people, so can I. She is my heart horse <3 I have been through a lot in life and she is teaching me to see the future instead of dwelling in the past.
I can now saddle her although she hates it and my trainer said she probably always will. She went from terrified and running from the saddle to standing while I saddle her but she does fidget still. She also hates the bit but is getting better with time and exposure. Each ride gets better and better but she does best bareback in a halter and lead rope. We are going to be starting training for trail competitions and are considering showmanship. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me and my new best friend. Btw I officially adopted her in October but she had been at the rescue since August and I've been working with her since August on ground work. We started the saddle work a little over 2 weeks ago. My trainer is so confident in Comet that she gave my 10yr old niece a lesson on her. She is truly the best <3
Our first ride in the saddle :) I know my posture is to far forward, heels should be down, and my hands need to be lower and in front of the saddle. I was nervous. My trainer was there helping me and this was the only pic we got because it was a lesson not a photo shoot lol and I know it looks like Im yanking on her mouth but I promise Im not. We think this was the first time she ever had a bit in her mouth and she kept throwing her head and fighting the bit. She has gotten alot better since then.
Sunbathing and enjoying some down time :)
Comet with my 6yr old son :)
She stands so still for kids :)
Official Adoption Day <3
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