Okay, I wasn't going to post about this because, frankly, in the eventing scheme of things, jumping your pony over his first tiny cross country jump isn't that big of a deal...
But, I just have to. Because it's made my week and I think all of us have had very similar moments, albeit in different ways.
I've had 4-year-old baby Rally (real name, Admiral; a COTHer helped me come up with his barn name 4 years ago!) since he was just a wee 4-month-old weanling.
Some of you may remember my previous event horse Traveler--a horse of a lifetime and one that was tragically taken from my husband Aaron and me much too soon. It's been 6 years since then...and a little over a year after we lost him I felt like maybe it was time to start looking for a new equine friend...even though you are terrified because you don't ever want to go through the pain of losing another.
Enter a tiny foal, whose picture I found on the Internet when doing a search on "bay roan Welsh thoroughbred." Weird search? I know! My husband and I had a lovely bay roan Welsh driving pony at that time and I thought that perhaps the same thing, with a little thoroughbred blood, may make a nice little eventer for me (my aspirations of Prelim disappeared along with the long format). I hadn't quite planned on a baby, though!
And very long story short, after 4 wonderful years of raising my boy and being the only person on his back (well, Aaron had a brief few minutes but I don't share my pony well ), we did our official first cross country lesson this week. He's come a long way (pardon my rusty position LOL!): http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...3&l=874829bcb3
We have a long way to go before we actually get to an event, but the feeling of flying on your wonderful equine friend is the best feeling in the world!
Thanks for letting me share my little moment of happiness!
(Yup, sappy old me got all blubbery this morning when I came across a Mother's Day note my parents sent me a few years ago that said: Happy Mother's Day to the best mommy in the world. It was signed by all my 4-legged children.)
...and YOU!!!! So happy for you, Kelly - you've had to go through so much since Traveler had to leave you - so lovely that you are able to take this baby and help him become a big horse too. Kick on! Love you!!!
~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan
You've all made me teary eyed again. He is just the sweetest guy ever and the bright spot in my darkest days. When they are little guys you have all these hopes and dreams for them, and to finally start achieving them is so much fun.
We've had quite the little COTH family of horses grow up here over the years since I joined 12 years ago!