I planned on starting working with Lily earlier this spring, but I was preoccupied with Tango and riding and whatnot, and it kind of slid aside. So now that Tango's lame and is not to be ridden for a few months, I figured now is as good a time as any to start working on Lily's ground manners and such.
So for a bit of background...Lily is about 2 years old, and she's some sort of crossbreed. We're pretty sure she might be Thoroughbred/QH, but all we know of her background is that her sire was a racehorse (TB or QH I know not) who had some sort of leg problem and couldn't race anymore. That news in itself I don't like; it could
be setting Lily up for a future of soundness issues, but you never know. She's about 14 hands, maybe a bit more. To me, I think that she's going to be huge, since she's already nearly as tall as Tango, but then again, to me 15 hands is a big horse (I'm so short
Lily is, by law, my sister's horse. My sister was the one who bought and paid for her. I believe she was under a year old when my sister bought her at auction, and that really ticks me off. My sister hasn't rode a day in her life, the only horses she's ever sat on were old, deadbroke trail horses for a few minutes at a time, yet, when dad bought me my first horse (Tango) it made my sister jealous so she went out and bought her own. Now logically, when buying your first horse, would you not go for a well-broke, calm older horse that you'd be able to learn on? Nope, my sister bought an untrained filly simply because it was the cheapest thing she could get. And then, shortly after buying, my sis decided she was afraid of horses and that resulted in Lily sitting in the field, virtually untouched, seeing visits from her owner once every couple months if she was lucky. Bah. Rant over.
For the longest time I resented having Lily around-she was just taking up space that could house another trail horse so I could take friends and family riding when I went out with Tango, and I still would probably rather that, but there's nothing I can do so I may as well make the best of it. My goal now is to get Lil well-behaved and quiet so that maybe someday we can break her and make a trail horse out of her yet.
Just one thing may hold us back: when my sis first bought her, she kept her at her boyfriend's parents' place for a long time. Last winter, the parents told us that Lily had slipped and fell on the ice, and her back legs were injured. Well, they healed, and she can move fine now, but the scars still crack and bleed at times, and it's very likely that it's going to hinder her from leading a perfectly sound life. When you look at the scars, it looks more like she got caught in wire or something than fell...the entire story is just very fishy. Well, anyways, the injury shouldn't resurface too bad if we just keep work light...all I wanted to do with her anyways was trails and such; I had no aspirations of making her an Olympic jumper or anything..
Ok, I guess I should say a bit about me now..well, I'm not going into detail about my entire personal life and age and all that on a public internet forum, but I've been riding nearly 2 years, and have been around/had horses a couple years before that, though initially I was involved in driving and heavy horse stuff (plowing, wagon rides etc). It was a friend of mine who got me interested in riding, and after having had to deal with my dad (it's a long story), I was glad to jump at the chance to get away from driving and teams. It's coming up on a year that I've had Tango now, and man, have we learned and progressed so much. From being literally afraid to ride her last year to winning grand champion of our division at a horse show a couple months ago, we've had a long journey and she's taught me so much.
Well, I guess now is the beginning of the journey with Lily, who already, after only about a week of work, has taught me a lot, and who already shows progress...at times, when she's not acting like a spoiled brat =P
(These are all really old pictures, but just so you get an idea of what she looks like)