I'm at work on a Sunday afternoon... but mostly just waiting on a script, so killing time... and found these on my work computer. I don't really have a lot of my personal pictures on this new machine yet, so when I am working, I miss having all my photo's to sneak a look at throughout the day.
Anyway, these are of Sophie the day she first arrived four years ago. Before I bought her, I hadn't had a horse for many years; my childhood horse, Caramel, had passed away years before that.
I bought Sophie kind of impulsively. There was just something I liked about her, a connection I guess between us, from the moment I went to see her, and she walked up to me. I cannot really describe it... it was just as if our personalities aligned. I've had so many doubts that she was not exactly what I was looking for physically... she's a tiny 15hh Arab and I'm a beanstalk 5'9in, and that perhaps that I just look ridiculous on her... but she is just the most solid little horse from the start, with a good head on her shoulders. Even though I backed and started her, she
a lot of confidence, and I honestly cannot remember that there was ever a moment I felt scared or unsure around her. She has been rock solid on trails from the first time we went out, and also showed a lot of jumping talent in our lessons; she never refuses an obstacle, even if she has never seen it before, or its higher/wider than she has jumped before, and she jumps so correctly, naturally, that it is just so effortless for me to ride more correctly too.
I always meant to start competing because everyone around me are competitive jumpers or dressage riders on gorgeous, expensive, tall,
horses, which I secretly envied, but with my work its never really been that viable time-wise, so I finally had to come to the realisation that I'm never going to be a competitive rider, nor would I most likely enjoy the pressures of it anyway... so, as Goldenhorse said in her recent thread, the grass really is greener on my side of the fence.
I don't need a fancy gargantuan warmblood anyway, do I? When all I ride for is the love of it.
Sophie is my main girl, and to go out for an afternoon ride, to get away from the city and the stress and the people, she is just perfect.