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ake987
Dec. 23, 2011, 05:54 PM
but I don't have the greatest self control, so here it is. :D

My 6yo OTTB and I rode in our first clinic - it marked the first time we were both sound and fit enough to do something like this since I bought him two years ago.

I had such an amazing time, and came away even more in love with and in awe of my wonderful partner. The journey has been amazing. Certainly not easy, but the juice was SO worth the squeeze. And nope, we haven't even competed in our first event yet. :lol:

Of course, I have to share some pictures.

Spring 2010 (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/25469_396475123504_699178504_4088306_7142259_n.jpg )
Spring 2011 (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228580_649304611370_17904736_34916673_1329116_n.jp g)
October 2011 (http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/311464_708350113710_17904736_35474922_954897632_n. jpg)
November 2011 (http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/391620_709404630450_17904736_35481238_1632273053_n .jpg)
December 2011 (http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/399714_725923950600_17904736_35547076_384435855_n. jpg)
December 2011 (http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/384964_10150433175871608_629431607_8474477_4909591 01_n.jpg)
December 2011 (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/387481_726420285940_17904736_35550695_1687013779_n .jpg)
My personal favorite. ;) (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/403712_726420211090_17904736_35550693_1177106683_n .jpg)

Sitting back is hard for me, go easy. :winkgrin:

mildot
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:00 PM
You two look really good.

Here's wishing to you both many years together.

Long Spot
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:04 PM
In the pic where you are crouching under him (cute!) he is the most gorgeous color chestnut I think I've ever seen. And I'm not a fan of chestnuts. He's lovely!

2tempe
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:11 PM
What a nice horse - love his form up the bank, and over the "regular" jumps. He should be quite a lot of fun - here's hoping you can both stay sound and fit now that you're there!

ultimateshowmom
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:11 PM
Nice photos, I love the look of determination on your face when you are jumping him! Priceless!

RunForIt
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:19 PM
Lovely, lovely, LOVELY - so glad you and this cute horse have each other :)...carry on! :cool:

wildlifer
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:22 PM
Whoa, this is creepy. I think you have stolen my horse.
http://www.teamflyingsolo.com/search?updated-max=2011-12-01T13:06:00-08:00&max-results=7

tres grey
Dec. 23, 2011, 06:24 PM
I looovvee his little heart shaped star! Precious. Here's to you and many more years with your boy!

arktos19
Dec. 23, 2011, 07:43 PM
You and Jake were great!

I have been resisting the urge to post some of the photos from that clinic but I was very happy to discover that I still have some remnant of my former riding skills....

Toadie's mom
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:02 PM
You should be proud. You both look wonderful :D

ellebeaux
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:13 PM
Neat to see your progression - best of luck with him!

Debbie
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:20 PM
ahh, I remember when you got him. Love his little check mark, so distinctive. You guys look fantastic together.

FlashGordon
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:27 PM
First, I was admiring your photos earlier this evening.... your horse is stunning and you guys make an awesome pair!

And then I was just on the Wehle Farms FB page... do you train with them? If so I'd love some feedback, if you don't mind PMing me! :)

lurker
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:32 PM
Ok. You are BOTH adorable. I love chestnuts and my current horse is a large chestnut gelding. Best hearts and minds anywhere! But I am sort of biased too! Best of luck and you both look like you are on your way to an awesome season next year!

P.S. You can always send him west to me if he needs a different climate! :o)

Cheval Gris
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:41 PM
OMG I LoFF the last pic! I hope you professionally blow that up abnoxiously large and put that on your wall. Just lovely :)

OverandOnward
Dec. 23, 2011, 08:46 PM
So glad you posted! Love those photos, and the progress you both show. This is what it's all for. :cool:

So in person is his star more of a checkmark or a heart? He is very good-looking!

What's his name? If you wish to share. Barn name.

Kairoshorses
Dec. 23, 2011, 09:33 PM
You guys look like a winning combination--a real TEAM. GO YOU!

froglander
Dec. 23, 2011, 09:59 PM
Nice pics!

I had just been looking at a contest for a Point-2 air vest and the 'checkmark' marking on your horse's forehead reminds me of their logo, lol.

ake987
Dec. 23, 2011, 10:32 PM
I just made my boyfriend listen to all the comments as I read them off to him, saying "SEE?! THIS is why I spend so much time on this site!" The compliments have been so kind, and the fact that many of you remember him from when I first bought him and really can see our progress - it touches me. As cheesy as it sounds, it really does. We are a very special breed of people, and very lucky people, and I feel very blessed to have this outlet to share our progress and get this kind of wonderful feedback. THANK YOU ALL!

wildlifer - OMGOSH! We have twins!!! Tell me about yours! What's his personality like?

arktos - I have my thinking cap on, but I can't think of who you are! Who are you!? ;) (PM if you like!) From what I could tell, everyone really enjoyed the clinic and rode to the best of their ability. A great weekend!

Flash - PM sent. :)

lurker - I hope you have been lurking my Headshaking Syndrome threads, because if that's what he needs, you'll be getting a call! Only, you'll have to take him + me living in his stall. :D

O&O - I think of it as the Nike swoosh, so I guess more like a check mark. I look at it and tell myself "JUST DO IT!!!" :) His race name was Little Jacob, and I have decided to keep that as his show name - I think it's cute and somewhat ironic. I call him Jake or "Yah-kobe".. kind of like a terrible impression of a "Jewish" pronunciation of Jacob, because I was raised Jewish. We joke about putting a yarmulke on his crown and on my helmet. :lol: Yes, I'm demented.

Seriously, thank you everyone. You are far too kind. :) Great big smile on my face, for real right now!

leahandpie
Dec. 23, 2011, 10:32 PM
Oh my gosh!!! What great pictures!! I absolutely love his heart-shaped star.

He looks to have a ton of talent, too, so awesome!! Go you!

mswillie
Dec. 23, 2011, 10:33 PM
He looks very similar to my horse, right down to the "diamond" shape on his triceps muscle. I'm hoping I can someday achieve as much with mine as you have.

Since I'm rather a chicken that is probably unlikely.

Hoping you both stay sound in the coming year. :yes:

Renascence
Dec. 23, 2011, 11:20 PM
Awesome!

EventingJ
Dec. 24, 2011, 04:01 AM
wahoo! you guys looked great! :) I'm still sad I wasn't able to ride in the clinic - not only did I have to work, I was still trying to recover from the flu :( oh well - next year I hope we see you out and about a lot!

Big_Grey_hunter
Dec. 24, 2011, 09:55 AM
wahoo! you guys looked great! :) I'm still sad I wasn't able to ride in the clinic - not only did I have to work, I was still trying to recover from the flu :( oh well - next year I hope we see you out and about a lot!

We can be jealous together! I wanted sooooo badly to ride in the clinic, but I had finals that weekend and couldn't even come watch. :sadsmile:

fooler
Dec. 24, 2011, 03:42 PM
Wonderful!!!

Wishing you many more years together.:D

tailspin
Dec. 24, 2011, 04:39 PM
Beautiful!

arktos19
Dec. 24, 2011, 08:23 PM
arktos - I have my thinking cap on, but I can't think of who you are! Who are you!? ;) (PM if you like!) From what I could tell, everyone really enjoyed the clinic and rode to the best of their ability. A great weekend!

http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2340105610102790734gVZTwZ

:cool:

Big_Grey_hunter
Dec. 24, 2011, 09:22 PM
Ake987- you look fantastic! I'm hoping my boys and I can look that good next year!

Arktos19- I've never seen him jump before, so I'm thoroughly impressed by how well you two did

Carol Ames
Dec. 24, 2011, 09:47 PM
You look really good!:yes: Here's to healthy year for both of you! I'm looking forward to updates!:cool:

IrishWillow
Dec. 24, 2011, 10:08 PM
He's darling. You guys look great together

annikak
Dec. 27, 2011, 10:11 PM
Okay...there is nothing to say except go enjoy! I think you are both a winning pair...and can't wait to hear more! Loving the journey is really the most important thing- and sometimes the highs and the lows make that journey even better (sometimes....sometimes, eh, not so much!)''Great pics!'

ohrebecca
Dec. 27, 2011, 11:47 PM
gorgeous horse! I see his star as a little artsy heart - super cute :)

You two make a GREAT team, you look amazing together!

Best wishes for continued success!

SprinklerBandit
Dec. 28, 2011, 05:26 PM
He looks great!! (As do you. Really great.) I remembered him from his xc pics. Thanks for such a cool update!

ake987
Dec. 28, 2011, 11:26 PM
Thank you so much everyone. :) It seems like a lot of you have been with us throughout this ongoing process, and it is a great feeling to have such a receptive audience when sharing our progress.

SO THANKS! I forgot to mention I have also lost 40lbs (size 8 to size 0!) since I bought Little Jacob! :D Another reason to go ahead and buy that horse. :lol:

jen-s
Dec. 29, 2011, 10:01 PM
SO STINKING CUTE!!! (and yes, I did mean to put that in all caps 'cause he's that adorable)

JackieBlue
Dec. 29, 2011, 10:23 PM
I forgot to mention I have also lost 40lbs (size 8 to size 0!) since I bought Little Jacob! :D Another reason to go ahead and buy that horse. :lol:

Okay, so how'd you do it? If it was Little Jacob, will you rent him out?? :lol:

ake987
Dec. 29, 2011, 11:23 PM
Okay, so how'd you do it? If it was Little Jacob, will you rent him out?? :lol:

Haha!


NEW! The DietHorse3000. Now available in chestnut, bay, and grey. Paint model coming soon! Now includes automatic increased calorie output. Also comes with increased vet bills, resulting in less money for human forage, which aids the weight loss process.

*DietHorse3000 may result in weight loss as well as debt.

That was fun. In all seriousness, I drastically altered my lifestyle. I went from being a full time waitress at the Cheesecake Factory (you bet I ate their food every shift) to deciding to go back to school and stop being a loser with indulgent parents.

When I worked as a waitress I drank a lot and was pretty much sedentary other than at work, which I guess you could be generous and call moderate exercise. And then I used 10 minute trainer, every day, and rode 1x a week. Of course, I then went and bought myself a 4yo OTTB, went from hunters to eventing, started riding 6x a week, and stuck with the 10 minute trainer. I made my own meals instead of takeout, cereal, cookies, and ice cream. Now I am active enough that my eating has relapsed a bit and I've maintained my muscle tone. I have been naughty over the holidays! :o

Polydor
Dec. 30, 2011, 06:28 AM
Haha!


NEW! The DietHorse3000. Now available in chestnut, bay, and grey. Paint model coming soon! Now includes automatic increased calorie output. Also comes with increased vet bills, resulting in less money for human forage, which aids the weight loss process.

*DietHorse3000 may result in weight loss as well as debt.



LOVE IT!!!

P.

purplnurpl
Dec. 30, 2011, 09:54 AM
He's lovely.

HPFarmette
Dec. 30, 2011, 10:12 AM
I have the paint model...hope I can lose 40 also!

JackieBlue
Dec. 30, 2011, 01:19 PM
Haha!

NEW! The DietHorse3000. Now available in chestnut, bay, and grey. Paint model coming soon! Now includes automatic increased calorie output. Also comes with increased vet bills, resulting in less money for human forage, which aids the weight loss process.

*DietHorse3000 may result in weight loss as well as debt.That was fun. In all seriousness, I drastically altered my lifestyle. I went from being a full time waitress at the Cheesecake Factory (you bet I ate their food every shift) to deciding to go back to school and stop being a loser with indulgent parents.

When I worked as a waitress I drank a lot and was pretty much sedentary other than at work, which I guess you could be generous and call moderate exercise. And then I used 10 minute trainer, every day, and rode 1x a week. Of course, I then went and bought myself a 4yo OTTB, went from hunters to eventing, started riding 6x a week, and stuck with the 10 minute trainer. I made my own meals instead of takeout, cereal, cookies, and ice cream. Now I am active enough that my eating has relapsed a bit and I've maintained my muscle tone. I have been naughty over the holidays! :o


Haha! Thanks for sharing. Your horse is adorable, BTW!