January: I started the year off with my old Standardbred, Blue. He was an amazing horse to me, but to nobody or anything else. He wasn't fond of other people and was quite dangerous around other horses, especially our other horses. He continually charged at the fence to try to get at Elsa. One time, he broke through, pinned her in a corner, and whaled on her and didn't stop until we got the hose to break them up. I loved him, and even though I only had him for six months, we formed a bond and I brought him a long quite well. Blue is now in a new home and we visit him every now and then. One of my best friends lives next door to him and gives him carrots for me (: Ironically, he is now named Jet!
February: February was a bonding month for us. We spent a lot of time lunging, joining up, grooming, and short rides. I figured out where he was in his training developed a plan of what I wanted to do with him. I...unfortunately....pulled his mane in February. His long beautiful mane was gone. I hated doing it but now, I couldn't picture him having such a long mane. We took him off property for the first time as well. We took him to Hobby Horse with Mary-Kate and her Standardbred mare, Katie.
It was a great time just to figure each other out again. We learned a lot about each other in February.
March: March was a great month. Not only was it Jet's birthday, it was our first show! We prepared by going to Hobby Horse a LOT. We also cantered for the first time. We were in the back field and he actually picked up a nice canter for a few strides! It was one of the best moments of my life at the time.
We also "jumped" for the first time. LOL!
During out adventures there, I did something I always wanted to do...race someone across a field. And we won!
We also had our first show. It went alright. I was super proud of him! We ended up placing 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd! The month ended with Jet's 9th birthday on the 30th. We had a cake ;)
April: April was a quiet month. We did a lot of trail riding at home. It got really warm for a while so the riding was kept to a minimum for a while. But, we had our first show at a completely new place for him.
Our first Haskins Show was a mixed bag. It was rainy, cool, and had a LOT of horses in a small area. Jet was quick and a bit spooky but we did alright. We placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
May: May was busyyyy! We actually started to pursue jumping quite a bit. At the time, Jet was super uncoordinated and looking back, I should have waited longer to start jumping. But, no harm was done and a good time was had by all.