I have Frank, who's a 20 year old OTTB. He wasn't a horse for beginners....8 years ago but he was a horse my mom trained and well, he was a bit flighty on occasion. My mom bribed me into riding...I had been away from horses for a long long time....I was determined to stay away.
My marriage was falling apart....like was horrible (it seemed like it at the time) and the bribe turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.
Frank, at times was hard to ride. But, he learned that sometimes, I just needed a good ole' ride and sometimes, I needed a good ole' but whoppin' when I was having a crappy day to get my head away from lifes problems and issues.
Frank is turning 21 this year. I still ride him...but we just trail ride and if he wants to jog or trot...that's on him. I don't push him. He had enough of that with 70 something starts.
Then we have Poppy. After our appy passed away this past August (Also an off the track horse)...my mom went in search of a horse...well, on the race track, you don't have to search hard....but my husband isn't a great rider...and I wasn't sure a TB would be a good fit for him...but my mom begged me to go check out this horse...so, on a Sunday Morning...we traveled out to the track (it's not to far) to see this horse. I swear, I think my husband fell in love at first sight. My husband was on vacation and spent every day with him till we went to pick him up the following Saturday. I did all I could to talk him into still looking. Nope...he wanted that one.
His main argument was, I could ride him, too! He would be like a second horse for me...but would be a horse that he could grow into.
Personally, I liked the second horse for me...because I do sometimes miss the fast pace...and the exhilaration. I was very reluctant when we loaded Poppy on the trailer to take him to the farm we board at (which is much different than the life he's known for 6 years. He'd been on a farm...but not one as laid back as ours).
So...We get him to the farm...and everyone just loved him. There's only 3 boarders...and 5 horses. Small co-op. Love it. We've been there since last may and it is surrounded by a state park that has a lot of equestrian events...and set up with jumps and trails...etc. Love it.
We gave Poppy some time off...then started working with him. I've already ridden him bare back...first time either of us had been on his back. We started walking him in the park...and had a friend out who had always wanted to see the horses...but never mentioned it. So that was her Xmas present this year. She was ecstatic. (You'd of thought we gave her a winning lotto ticket. Sigh. Amazes me how something so small an simple can mean the world to someone else.) She wasn't expecting it...but we let her ride Poppy. He was a gentle man (pictures on my page).
Then, Christmas eve, I went riding with one of the ladies at the barn. I decided to take Poppy. His first time under saddle in the park. It was the best ride I'd had in a few years. He was fantastic. Best Christmas present to myself....
Then this weekend...my husband and I rode. He needed a little convincing (ok, strong arming)...to go out to the park. He had a great ride. We had a GREAT ride..even though we got lost...lol. Story of our lives.
I got stories...lots of them...and lots of pictures to bore you with...some come on...share with me. Can't wait to hear about your horses!!!!
ďWe spend money we donít have to buy things we donít need to impress people we donít like.Ē Dave Ramsey
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