Magic - Grandmother bought as a 3 year old unbroke bred mare. I was the only one small enough yet big enough(age 6, other cousins ranged from 3 yrs to newborn) to ride her. My dad bought her for me when I was 9, I still have her. She's 19, I'm 23. She's my baby, my first pony. I will have her til the day she dies.
Annie - Grandmother traded my favorite Arab gelding for a little, chunky, witchy 7 year old mare. I was infuriated, upset, confused as to why she would give up such a perfect horse. Time went by, and I outgrew Magic, thus leaving Annie as my option if I wanted to continue running barrels. So, I appeased my grandmother. We clashed. She was spooky, grumpy, and stubborn. Our first show we had a near accident, because of a ribbon flapping in the wind. For a few years we kind of pushed through our issues, working to get better at our classes. Finally we began to form a partnership, and I decided to buy her. I made payments for two years and when she was 14 she was finally mine. We continued our barrel career, taking home many grand and reserve championships, hundreds of ribbons, a few belt buckles. Our bond grew from tolerating each other to her being y best friend. She would walk to the end of the earth and back, as long as I said it was okay. This mare is my soul mate, the love of my life. Sadly, last December she got tangled in her stall gate, tearing a tendon in her knee. It caused the top part of her knee joint to shift, and in healing calcified. She is sound for light riding only now. She is 19 also, and will live out her days with me.
Chopper- Grandmother had two ponies, neither of which ended up being what they were supposed to. So, she takes them back and trades them for a scrawny, ugly Appaloosaa colt. I broke him out as a two year old, and fell in love with his intelligence, fire, and attitude mixed with dopeyness. He's now 6, and were slowly working towards barrels and combined training on the side for fun. I love this horse as if he was my child. He behaves best for me, and works best for me.
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