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post #451 of 1204 Old 12-28-2013, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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It's currently 7 after midnight here in Louisiana on the 28th of December. I've been here a full two days and so many wonderful things have happened! Sorry to keep you all waiting!

So I arrived close to 4pm, grabbed dinner with my lovely new family, and then by the time we got to the barn it was PITCH black.. and apparently my camera battery died so we only have two pictures from that night. I'll do my best to paint the scene of what happened.

We pulled into the driveway and I was literally shaking from excitement. So much was going through my head at the time!
We grabbed his halter from his stall (which had a wonderful "Welcome Home, Mom! Neigh!" sign taped to the door!) and walked out to his field. It was so dark, we had our flashlights out and were giggling up a storm as we stumbled around trying not to trip into a divot.

Once we got into the pasture, that's when it got creeeeepy! I don't know about you, but two girls in the middle of a field at night with barely any light and seeing glowing horse eyes all around was a little unnerving.. especially when you hear hooves moving but can't tell where they're coming from! It was an experience! We managed to have a few glowing horse eyes following us, and nearly scared the blanket out of this little grey gelding! Too funny!!

We walked pretty far in, and then I called to Sky. We kept walking and calling him and we saw 'something' lift their head and stare.. then heard plodding hooves coming towards us. We shone our flashlights, and saw that it was Sky. He walked right on up to me and allowed me to snuggle his face and say hello. He couldn't get his face in that halter fast enough, and we all walked back towards the barn.

And then it just got better from there. Popped his dressage saddle on him, after giving him a nice grooming down, and went for a ride. It was a lot of fun, and I never wanted to get off!! It felt like home <3

The next day, I decided to pop on him in the western saddle. This was only my SECOND time in the saddle. I was nervous, because for some reason western saddles really worry me with the horn and the stirrups and the whole 'sitting on your pockets' deal...

So we took it nice and slow. Did lots and LOTS of walking, then started to trot.. did a bit of a jog.. so nice!

Well then he got too antsy, and we somehow ended up cantering to the left (his good side, my CRAPPY side!) but I didn't curl up and cry, my butt did get some air at first but I pushed him on and we got him back to jogging happily. Boy was it an experience!

Well it didn't stop there. Amanda took me around the property, showing me just how beautiful it is. We found ourselves in the XC course, where they have log jumps, banks, water jumps, wooden oxers, etc. She told me how proud and excited she was that Sky could go up and down the bank. Well I made a rookie move, and let him sniff at it. He spooked, and spun around and went into a few steps of gallop leap. I managed to stay on but man I was GRUMPY haha!

So we tried it again, NO SNIFFING, and he was fine :) Then we went through the water and over the trotting poles and just had such a fun time.

We returned to the barn and we popped his blanket on and put him outside.

Today, well I had all these plans but they changed once we re-evaluated his saddles. Both dressage saddles don't really fit him.. mine has crappy clearance, and the other one is really really tight. The western one is the only one that seems to fit, but I didn't feel up to being in it.

So we had a fun mess around day. Oh my goodness, I got such a cardio workout today! I had him on the lungeline but did not lunge him.. instead we trotted in hand ALL OVER the place. We trotted in the indoor, the outdoor, over ground poles, over cross rails, over hedge jumps.. just.. everywhere! We had so much fun and we also worked sneakily on giving me space and not crowding into me as well as going where I directed him to go without hesitation.

Yay sneaky ground work sessions!

:) It's been so wonderful being with him!!!

Hang tight for pics!

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post #452 of 1204 Old 12-28-2013, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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First ride on him!!



In his new polka dot polos.. what a cute boy!



Day two






Out in the XC course, going through the water!!







Day 3

Got him a new nylon halter and tiger stripe lead.. Bronco colours!



Well I tried to take a selfie... it didn't work out haha!



He's getting professional photos done on the 30th!!! So excited!! Till then, we'll see about me riding. Maybe I'll take another spin in the western..
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Love it!
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That's awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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post #455 of 1204 Old 12-28-2013, 09:55 AM
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Tears of happiness for you!!! What a beautiful reunion! :)
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post #456 of 1204 Old 12-28-2013, 09:56 AM
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Nice...and a very nice place as well.....now I won't worry quite so much about you.....

Now, think western....cowgirl up!
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Nice...and a very nice place as well.....now I won't worry quite so much about you.....Haven't seen a post from RoperChick in a while now....hope she's doing well too.....

Now, think western, hat, boots, and spurs........cowgirl up!

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Had such a blast with Sky today!!! We had round walk and trot, and did some baby shoulder fore! I almost cantered him but he was in for a big day. After we rode, he was entered into a free jumping event and ROCKED it. He had SO MUCH FUN. A boarder took videos, which I'm excited to review and will may share with ya'll.

Here's a pic of my friend's, RandysWifey, new horse standing next to Sky!

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post #459 of 1204 Old 01-01-2014, 08:00 PM
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Oh my gosh, Sky has one of the sweetest horsey faces I've ever seen! (aside from my girls, but we Mom's can be biased haha) He looks sooo content- I'm over-the-top happy for you :)
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Oh my gosh, Sky has one of the sweetest horsey faces I've ever seen! (aside from my girls, but we Mom's can be biased haha) He looks sooo content- I'm over-the-top happy for you :)
The gals at the barn found him incredibly sweet too, which he really is! Such a kind horse, and ever so smart. I am so so sooooo happy to be with him again :)
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