Just wanted to say a little hurrah for recent training hurtles...
This is Dove - 13 year old Appaloosa/Mustang mare, dam to my 7 year old Welsh Pony mare.
She was the very first horse I bought 10 years ago as an untrained 3 year old when I was 16 years old. I traded her to my mom after a couple years and she's been used on and off as a trail horse most of her life. Dabbled into english and some small jumps in 2008 and nothing since...until I bought her back from my mom in late December 2011!
After 3 years off completely, there was ALOT of work to do...right back to basics of leading, grooming, respect and fundamentals of riding. In 2 short months Dove has made so much progress...just look!
I've been riding her at least twice a week and have a friend part boarding her riding her 2 days a week as well, overall getting her back into a decent and healthy weight and only 5-6 rides in fairly loose draw reins has done her a world of good! These next couple pictures are from yesterday :)
I'm just so proud of her...this year is all about bringing her back into work, getting her in shape, and furthering her training - summer 2013 will be her debute to the show ring. Can't wait, just had to share!