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This is the story of Mary and Tia and their journey together as the little mare transformed from one who couldn’t be caught to a trusted partner who traveled to Washington, D.C. this past spring to participate in a parade.
When I play with horses on the ground I like to look at every trot or canter and imagine that I am riding, and I think “Would that be a nice trot or canter to ride?”
I also discovered that somewhere in her past, Neela, who is a hefty Friesian cross, learned that if she simply digs in her heels, it’s pretty hard to make her move.
I had turned both mares and foals out one afternoon to run in the outdoor arena, and after they made a few laps I noticed that the colt’s front legs were shaking.
The obstacles we encountered at the Working Equitation Fun Day included picking up a pole and knocking a ball off a cone with it. It's harder than it sounds, I promise.
The next obstacle was a jump made out of bales of hay, and I wasn't prepared when Fred suddenly slammed on the brakes and started grabbing mouthfuls of the jump! No, Fred!!
Yukon, who is a Friesian cross, was great with the cows. He didn’t dazzle us with his cutting moves, but he did show a calm, sensible attitude and zero fear as he plunged in.
Then came the toughest obtsacle of all: We had to pick up the hat with the branch, carry it as we returned the branch and then ride to the judge to hand off the hat, in 60 seconds.
What do you do when you realize your pride-and-joy of a horse is crooked? You fix it. For Luna the filly, it meant surgery at the tender age of nine weeks.
A few weeks ago I found myself becoming envious of a friend’s fancy obstacle course and decided to put together one of my own. So I headed to the thrift store.
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