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  • I tried not to post this thread..

    but I don't have the greatest self control, so here it is.

    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.

    Of course, I have to share some pictures.

    Spring 2010
    Spring 2011
    October 2011
    November 2011
    December 2011
    December 2011
    December 2011
    My personal favorite.

    Sitting back is hard for me, go easy.

  • #2
    You two look really good.

    Here's wishing to you both many years together.


    • #3
      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!
      "Aye God, Woodrow..."


      • #4
        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!
        We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


        • #5
          Nice photos, I love the look of determination on your face when you are jumping him! Priceless!


          • #6
            Thanks for sharing your happiness!

            Lovely, lovely, LOVELY - so glad you and this cute horse have each other ...carry on!
            ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


            • #7
              Whoa, this is creepy. I think you have stolen my horse.
              Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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              We Are Flying Solo


              • #8
                I looovvee his little heart shaped star! Precious. Here's to you and many more years with your boy!


                • #9
                  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....


                  • #10
                    You should be proud. You both look wonderful
                    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                    • #11
                      Neat to see your progression - best of luck with him!


                      • #12
                        ahh, I remember when you got him. Love his little check mark, so distinctive. You guys look fantastic together.
                        If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb


                        • #13
                          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!
                          We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


                          • #14

                            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! )


                            • #15
                              OMG I LoFF the last pic! I hope you professionally blow that up abnoxiously large and put that on your wall. Just lovely
                              Honey Badger don't give a s*#^!

                              "..a three-day event is not a test of speed and endurance, it is a test of character" ~JW


                              • #16
                                So glad you posted! Love those photos, and the progress you both show. This is what it's all for.

                                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.


                                • #17
                                  You guys look like a winning combination--a real TEAM. GO YOU!
                                  --Becky in TX
                                  Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                                  She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                                  • #18
                                    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.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      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.

                                      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. Yes, I'm demented.

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


                                      • #20
                                        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!
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