So I'm not sure where to start with this journal so I decided to start with an intro of myself and the people I'll mention in this journal. Consider this first post a glossary of sorts, I'll update with new characters as I introduce them.
Alaina: This is me! I am an American living in Christchurch, New Zealand. I moved here I wanna say about a week before the December 2011 quakes. The 17th? Sounds right. Before this I lived in Eldridge, Iowa near the Quad Cities. My first plane ride ever was to New Zealand and it was major suck, I'm not looking forward on going back to America to visit anytime soon.
Blind Ben: My affectionate nickname for the sorrel Lone Arrow horse I take most of my lessons on. He is in fact blind in only one eye, and the other eye he can see fine out of. However his favorite game to play is "run into every possible thing I can and see how long it takes before the rider gets off". He has not succeeded yet in scaring me away, in fact, I prefer to ride him over any other horse. He has the worst ground manners I have ever seen in a horse, but once you get on he's very responsive and willing.
Charlotte (Cjay): My soon to be sister-in-law. Very artistic and the same age as me. We have a lot in common so she's a good friend to have here in New Zealand.
Christopher (Chris): My fiance and partner in crime. He's a Grade A tinkerer and loves to mess with things. In his free time he takes apart clocks, radios, cars, anything really and puts them back together or improves them. He's very good at custom projects and also has quite a knack for woodworking. He works as a full time mechanic at Avon City Ford.
Dolly: My horse back at home in America. I miss her something terrible and want to save up to bring her home to me in New Zealand.
Helen: My soon to be mother-in-law. She's very nice and extremely motherly. She can also be very talkative.
Jack: The least favorite horse of ours to ride. He does not respond to any cues you give him to go faster. In fact, I don't think he CAN go faster than a slow walk.
Peter (Pete): My soon to be father-in-law. Polite, nice to talk to.
Zeus: The best horse to ride by far, he's Chris' regular mount. A stocky brown thoroughbred. His only downfall is his last owner was afraid of him and always got off when he sidestepped. So now when he's feeling stubborn he'll sidestep all over the place to try and get people off. Pretty silly I think, someone being afraid of a horse taking a step to the side.