Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Good Problem

So I disappeared again for just a bit... sorry 'bout that! I've figured it out, though. I just have a really good problem right now. That is I'm perfectly content with my life. I know it's crazy, right? It's not to say that my life is perfect (not!) or that I have everything I could possibly want (again not!) but I'm just in a really good place right now in all aspects of my life.

Being in the military and getting a chance to live at home near family is certainly part of that. I don't always have the time or the energy to write because my time and energy is being spent elsewhere. I don't mean this to be a self congratulatory post or anything but just a statement, I guess.

I'm not the only content/relaxed being around here!
This sort of applies to riding as well. I'm not where I want to be ultimately and I'm doubtful that I'll ever get to where I'd really like to be with my riding but I'm progressing and moving and most importantly enjoying where I am. So when the weather got cold or when family came in town it felt perfectly okay to take some time off from riding. I just don't have this pressure to keep working, working, working come hell or high water. I still want to get better. That hasn't changed but the urgency is just gone.

I guess if I were a pro wanna be this would be a bad thing. But, as an adult amateur it is really kind of nice.

I did get on the Loki monster today. He's had a whole week off and really been ridden inconsistently for the last couple of weeks but he was super good and willing. In fact a fellow boarder who doesn't see us very often tracked me down after our ride to tell me how much more up in front of the bridle Loki looked. Thanks! We've been working on that.

So anyways, there you go. Sorry that I just can't seem to post consistently!
Also, fell in love with this little cutie. She's a 2 year old in for Friends
of Ferdinand. She's adorable and a big puppy dog that just wants attention.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Around The Barn

I spent about 40 minutes picking burrs out of this guy's mane, forelock and tail today.
I think he really appreciated the attention even though grooming has never been his favorite thing in the world. I think one of my goals for this year was to spend more time with him. Yeah, that didn't happen, unfortunately. There's just always something else to do or going on. But, part of it is knowing he's with my sister and getting great care. Honestly, he's a bit chunky right now and that is great going into the winter, especially for a 25 year old with bad teeth! I do miss hanging out with this guy, though.

Cuteness Alert:
We had this cute visitor at the farm this week. Sadly, that is the best picture I could get because he kept wanting to come nuzzle me. Sooo cuuuute!!! (In case it isn't obvious he's about a 13-14 hand Haffie.) Me wants! Someone had him on trial but sadly they decided he wasn't what they were looking for. (My trainer thinks they are looking for a unicorn.) He was super nice and if I had money and a place he is exactly what I would buy for my kids.

This guy is doing just fine. No word from the farrier yet so he's still got just one shoe on but it doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. He's enjoying his unexpected vacation.

It's supposed to get down into the 20s tonight and possibly snow next week! eep! I'm so not ready for winter yet this year! Stay warm out there!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Breakdown: The Bad

We went XC schooling again today. Most likely our last time for the year. We wanted to take advantage of the weather, nearly 60 today and the same tomorrow except rain but after that... highs of mid 30's for the rest of the forecast. Thank you very much polar vortex or whatever you are being called now! And just in case I wasn't completely convinced Loki decided to rip a shoe off today just to be sure that he would indeed get a break for the weather. Horses!

Anyways, I'm very happy with where I am as a rider and where we are, Loki and I as a team. In fact my trainer said that today was the best she has ever seen me ride and she feels like I am finally starting to learn the tools I need to be effective. Believe me that is pretty high praise and I'm definitely feeling quite giddy about it. We jumped the pheasant feeder and the trakehener again twice today and he just keeps getting better and better.

That said here are the things that I would really like to work on and improve.

#1 Releasing

While these aren't terrible and the second photo is by far one of my favorites of us they still aren't "perfect." I'm not really grabbing Loki in the mouth but I'm also not truly giving a release either. 
I really focused on that today and during the Joe Meyer clinic. You can see my much more exaggerated release on this one. Somewhere in between will be great someday but I'd much rather err on this side.

#2 Jumping ahead vs. closing my hip angles

This has gotten so much better that in a way I even hesitate to put it on the "bad" list but it is still something I'd like to improve. Why settle for less than perfection?

I was still exaggerating my release at least
It's not terrible even in this picture and I notice that it is much worse when jumping smaller fences than when we are jumping bigger but still like I said I'd like it to be better.

and finally,

#3 Consistency

Like I said I'm really happy with where we are. Of course there is room for improvement but it's nice to finally be able to look back and think woah we've come a long way!

However we do still get moments like these:
Loki's expression says it all, "what the hell, mom."
They are much less frequent and now when I look at roll of pictures from one event I actually am finding more that I like than that I don't like which is a complete switch from about a year or two ago. But yeah, these moments no bueno! I'm finding that they always happen when I see my distance wrong. I see the long spot and instead of waiting I try to jump for Loki. Yeah, that's a good way to end up on your head again!

Still, all and all I'm pretty happy. It will be nice to have this post saved for next year to see if I've made even more improvements. This is the biggest reason why I love pictures of me riding. It's such a great way to actually see what's going on, what you need to work on, what's good and how much you've improved. Somebody needs to invent a flying camera that can just follow you around and take pictures. My husband's only good for about three-five times a year! (Which I am grateful for!)

Anywho happy Monday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Joe Meyer Clinic

It's hard to believe but I think Loki is getting bored with these little fences. I know he is
capable of having really tight knees but he's kind of like "meh" over these little jumps anymore.
I will get to the other "Breakdown" post eventually! But, yesterday I got to ride with Joe Meyer for a jumping lesson. This is probably the third or maybe fourth time I've ridden with Joe. For those of you who don't know Joe is a New Zealand Olympic 3-Day rider based out of Ocala. A girl in our area bought a horse from him about two years ago so he came up and did an impromptu clinic at the farm where I board Loki. Ever since then he's started coming back pretty regularly.

Mostly we've been working on Loki's canter when I ride with Joe. He has us canter... a lot! Big circles and little circles and anywhere in between. One of his favorite exercises is to have me canter a circle with the reins in my outside hand. It's amazing how much better I sit the canter when I do that.

I rode with Joe last month too and it was such a super lesson. By the end everything was set around 2'11, the biggest course Loki and I have ever strung together by far. It was such a high! This time we kept everything a little smaller and the lesson was truly about what was happening between the jumps rather than the jumps themselves. We did lots of turns and roll backs and just things to help Loki and I work on staying balanced and adjusting our speed.
It was a good lesson and I did learn a lot, like I need to be quicker to sit up and lift my hands to adjust Loki after a jump, not stronger - just quicker! But, man I had the hardest time concentrating for some reason. My brain was just somewhere else. I think maybe because it was a last minute thing. My trainer texted me that he had an opening in an hour and could I be there? So it was rush rush rush and get to the barn and Loki is the Burr unicorn and rush rush rush some more. By the time I was actually in the saddle I was totally discombobulated and I just never quite got it back together. Seriously, it's been a long time since I've had that much trouble remembering a course! I forgot the last fence like 3 times in a row! It was a little embarrassing.

But I guess we all have days like that from time to time.
Still, my husband was able to get a couple of nice pictures. I wish he could have been there for when we were jumping bigger but pictures are my favorite part aside from the actual ride itself so I'll take what I can get!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Breakdown: The Good

My life has been a whirlwind lately. I'm so sorry for my inconsistency and for not keeping up with everything but on the other hand I've really been blessed lately so I can't feel too badly!

I wanted to take a couple of posts to go through the things I love and not so much love where Loki and I are right now. And of course starting with the good!

The thing I'm most excited about when looking at the pictures from our XC school is my leg. It has seriously come a long way.

Honestly as I look through most of the photos my leg looks really solid. It isn't swinging. For someone who has really been struggling with pinching with my knee this is a big success!


 It does still get (probably) too forward at times:
But this has been intentional on my part, sort of a reflex for when I feel a little insecure about a jump. I figure it is way harder to fall off the back of your horse than the front.

We went XC schooling again today (sadly no camera this time) and it was another big success. Loki and I jumped a training level trakehner! It was seriously bad *ss!! We only jumped it once. My trainer said it looked like he backed off just a tiny bit and we wanted to end on a great note and revisit the next time. I seriously have been so incredibly happy with my horse lately!

We did have one boo moment. The first time we went to jump the red table again Loki swung out and blew right by it. It was really weird I knew he was going to do it way before hand but I still just couldn't get him locked on. There didn't seem to be any good reason for it either and the second time around he jumped it beautifully. It was one of those things that makes you wonder. Hopefully it was just an aberration. 

Also it was at least 78 degrees today. So beautiful! And Loki got what will most likely be his last bath of the year.

Stay tuned for "the bad." :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I've Got Photos!!

Okay, I'm sorry that I've disappeared once again but I've come to realize that is just how life is right now for me, busy, busy, busy! Plus, there just hasn't been a whole lot, horse wise, to write about. I did have a lesson with Joe Meyer that was absolutely amazing but no photographer. It get so boring writing about something without any photographic evidence. But, today I cajoled my husband to come out and play camera man while we went XC schooling. This was the result:
Uh, when did my horse get to be so beefy?







I don't have a ton of time so just some very quick thoughts. 1. I had a blast! 2. I feel like I rode better at our last XC school but I'm still overall happy with how we did. 3. I know there is still a lot to improve especially getting my hands to go more forward and follow. 4. It's okay to be happy with Loki and myself, we've worked hard and just because we aren't 100% where I'd like us to be doesn't mean we can't celebrate where we are now. (I had to write that part for myself, it's so easy to get super critical!) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Winning And Losing

It's amazing how often winning and losing happen at the exact same time. That's kind of how my weekend went and sometimes my life in general seems to follow this pattern.
Happy ears
Some friends and I loaded up the trailers and went to a mini trial on Sunday. It was called the "Backyard Horse Trial" and it pretty much lived up to its name. I had a blast though. Loki was so good, probably the best he's been at a show to date.

I didn't ride the greatest for our dressage test and the arena was literally formed by poles laying on the ground so we almost jumped out twice. That will rattle you! I never even did see my test but apparently it was good enough to put us in 2nd place. Not our best by far but could've been worse.

Warm up for XC was a total zoo. Four fences side by side with two being jumped in one direction and the other two being jumped in the opposite direction put a whole new spin on crazy for warm-up. Unfortunately there was one accident. I didn't see it but a girl came off and did not move. They eventually took her out in an ambulance and I haven't heard anything since. I really hope that she is okay. That happened right before Loki and I went out on course and it rattled me pretty well so our first three or four fences weren't the best. I was very tense but we made it over and then got on a roll. I was actually able to let him out and run. It was so much fun!
Stadium was a very small course, only 7 jumps with a very easy design. So I really have no excuse for this but somehow I skipped a fence! We were rolling and everything was going so smoothly that I think I just got too happy. When the judge blew the whistle I knew immediately what I'd done. DUH!!! Oh well, we would've been in second but instead we got the big E.

But overall it was so much of a win. My horse is sound, we were working well together and it was just a beautiful day. The ribbon would've been nice but honestly it was kind of funny. You just gotta laugh at yourself sometimes!
I think we might need some bigger things to jump!
Sadly, this is it for us for the year and possibly for quite a while. I think next year we will try to do some more mini-trials but the big events are just too expensive for us right now. In many ways the mini-trials are a lot more fun. You get everything done in one day rather than sitting around waiting. At our level doing everything in one day is very doable.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Offender

I know it is Saturday and most people are out doing fun things but I have a few moments before I have to take the kids to their football games so I figured I'd squeeze a post in, but it will be a quickie. :)

I figured I'd show you Loki's splint. I'm not joking when I say it is huge. It is HUGE! I'm a little embarrassed to even show it because as you know I am riding him again but he is sound and who knows when or even if it will ever go down to some semblance of normal. Every professional I've talked to has said to go ahead and start riding/working him but it still makes me feel very self conscious. Luckily I can wear boots most of the time, just not in the dressage ring, otherwise he never goes without at least a pair of splint boots. I suppose that is a little like closing the barn door after the cows get out but at least it will help to prevent another.

Why hello huge, ugly bump. I'm pretty sure that is not how a horse leg is supposed to look.
But aside from his leg flaw Loki is a picture of health right now.
Hopefully this thing will remold and go down soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Right Moment

Wow, first of all let me just apologize for disappearing for so long. I didn't mean to take quite so long of a break but one thing after another kept happening and before you know it it is the end of September. The kids are in school now and we have football and cheerleading practices, girl scouts and boy scouts meetings and every evening I have is booked with the exception of Fridays. We spend all day Saturdays cheering on 1st-4th graders as they play football and cheer. It's time consuming but it is also a lot of fun so I'm not complaining, really.

As well as the busyness on the home front things were a little slow and somewhat depressing on the horse front. Loki and I went to do our class at the dressage show on the 26th of July and he was suddenly very, very lame. Karen from over on Contact was the dressage judge. I didn't get a chance to stop by to say hi because I was preoccupied with my lame horse, unfortunately. She's a really nice gal, though!

Soaking the right front and icing the left front with my little helper
Long story short Loki was off for a good two to three weeks. The next morning after the show he had a HUGE, like golf ball sized, splint on his left front but he was actually off on the right front. The vet saw him but I opted not to do x-rays right away and instead waited to see how he did with the standard, bute, icing, cold hosing, wrapping, etc treatment.

Well, he finally started looking sound and with the advice of my trainer I started him back in very light work. For a couple of weeks we simply walked with a little bit of trot and slowly built from there. The last two weeks he has felt like his old self.

The Chiro came out to see some other horses at our barn and was able to fit Loki in and he discovered that Loki was very "out" in a few places along his back. He showed me where he was pretty sore and actually had started developing a little bit of a "roach" on one side of his back. However, everything was "fixable." He said that Loki must have done something violent, probably out in the pasture, to injure himself this badly. He felt pretty confident that the splint and his back soreness all happened at the same time. He also said this was the biggest splint he's ever seen. :(

But, again long story somewhat shorter, Loki is now completely sound and while his leg looks really ugly the splint is cold and "dead" and will hopefully start to remold and look a little better soon. (It's seriously hideous!)

We've started jumping again, light at first of course but built to our first xc school today. It was amazing. Loki had been a real PITA the first two times I seriously jumped him (more than just a bitty crossrail) after his "vacation" and I had no idea what to expect but he was really, really good. In fact he was so good that we jumped this:
It's either a maxed novice jump or small training. I've only jumped it once before for the picture above but Loki and I just sailed over it twice like it was nothing. I really wish I had a picture of us.  I'm pretty sure this is the biggest or at least most intimidating fence we've ever jumped together. But the whole day was just one awesome ride after another and I really needed it. It was definitely the "right" moment, finally, and that is why I finally found the energy to blog again.

So that is what's been happening in a nut shell. There are plenty of other details left out and I've probably screwed the timeline up a bit but I think you can get the gist of what's been happening.

Sorry again for the disappearing act!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Detox

From May Daze. I wish his knees were up and my form was better but this was such a fun fence!
Sorry for the long bout of silence over here. Just a little heads up that I will probably be a little infrequent in blogging for a while. I just need a little computer detox for a while. I'll still be on just not as much.

Jay and I went to his Dad's memorial service this weekend and it was tough. I am a very introverted person and spending several hours in a room full of people I don't know is just about one of the most exhausting things ever. It was tough in other ways as well but also good for Jay and me. There were definitely some moments of joy and laughter mixed in.

In the other direction from Ohio E and Loki had a good time at their event. Loki put in a very good dressage test. He only scored a 40.2 but from what E. and my trainer said it was really nice. That put him tied for 9th. Then E. and Loki managed a double clear in stadium! Putting them in 5th. I was so excited to hear because I haven't even managed a double clear round yet this season. E. texted me a picture and told me how great Loki is/was and that he totally saved her butt a few times. Good boy!

Unfortunately, the good news ended there as E. missed a fence on XC and was technically eliminated. Loki also had one refusal before that. E. was able to school the course afterwards though and said Loki was awesome. He was just very strong for her during the actual XC run and even though I tried to warn her she still wasn't quite prepared for how strong he really gets. But, she was still pretty happy with him and learned a lot. And hey they both came home in one piece which was really my only concern!

Trail riding tomorrow!! Dressage schooling show on Saturday. (We're going to ride the Novice B test for something different.) And, hopefully XC schooling somewhere different next Wednesday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

If The Shoe Fits

... don't rip it off your hoof!! Which is exactly what Loki did sometime Sunday or Monday morning. Luckily the farrier is coming out tomorrow. Of course this means Loki just got a four day vacation as I wasn't able to ride Friday or Saturday. Hmmmm, I think he planned it.

Sadly I don't have much else to write about. Just not a lot going on on the horsey front. As far as I know E. is still planning to take Loki to an event this weekend but I'll have to find out for sure when I'm out tomorrow. I won't be able to go as Jay and I will be heading up to Atlanta for his dad's memorial service.

It's hard to believe it is mid-July already. The kids start school in early August. I'm not looking forward to the end of summer but having the kids back in school is kind of nice!

Okay now I'm just rambling... carry on. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

XC School

I had a blast today on an unexpected XC school. Jay and I got up early and went to the Rec center to swim some laps. I'm not a very good swimmer but I do enjoy it and I've somehow gotten burnt out on running. So we're doing some swimming for exercise.

Right after I got home from swimming my trainer texted me and asked how quickly I could get to the barn and about an hour later we were on the XC course.

It was a great school! Man, if I could just ride like this at shows and Loki could behave like this at shows we would be rocking! As it is I know the ability is there and it is just a matter of getting the show miles on him.
Unrelated picture since I have none from today. Getting ready to jump the ditch at May Daze
That's not to say every moment was perfect. I got caught looking at the fence a few times which caused some fugly jumps but I would honestly say we had more positive jumps than negative. Win!

Afterwards E. hopped on Loki to take him over a few jumps. He was very good for her and I was a proud horse Momma! It's so fun to get to see him in action.

Tomorrow we are heading to some local caverns with the kids but first I'm going to the grand opening of the Dover store! Fun!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Things

I finally got around to changing the blog design a bit. I must admit I get a little lazy about this and as nice as it would be to have everything custom it's just soooo much easier to use some of the preset templates, other than my header, but hey at least it's a little new for a while. :)

I had the most fun lesson today! I got to ride the pony!
Pony's name is actually Gracie but all the ponies that we get out at the farm always end up being called Pony. I guess because we only ever have one pony at a time. I believe she's a Welsh. She's super cute and very spunky. Her regular rider (pictured above) does pretty well with her but she's been riding for quite a while. This is definitely not really a "kid's" pony.

I had a blast on her, though, and we jumped up to about 2'6". At first I was a little doubtful that she'd be able to jump that high with me but pony's got a BIG jump! She was super honest if a little wiggly. And it was a good lesson for me because I had to be super careful where I put my weight as it was easy to influence her balance unlike another horse I ride all the time (Loki!). For some reason riding a small horse like this makes me feel really brave and honestly I felt ready for Rolex after our lesson. :D
Pretty much the opposite of Loki and me!

As I was riding I couldn't help but wonder is this how WFP feels riding his horses?
When the size ratio between horse and rider isn't so great a lot of things are soooo much easier. Sure, I could still come off but that pony really wasn't going anywhere without my say so which is probably where the burst of confidence came from.

E. rode Loki and they did pretty well together. Loki is not an easy horse to ride but E. stuck with him and they got around a pretty tight course of 2'6" to maybe a bit higher fences. It was very educational to watch another amateur rider ride him in a lesson. I know a lot of horse owners don't like to let other people ride their horses but it was a really good learning opportunity for me. E. struggled with a lot of the same things I do but getting a real visual of what's happening gave me some ideas of what else I need to work on.

I asked E. if she was still thinking of taking Loki to the event and she said she wasn't sure. I don't blame her she's only ridden him once and he is pretty mellow on the farm compared to how he is at a show. I told her she could ride him a few more times when I'm not riding to help her decide. So we'll see.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Endings!

At least I'm crossing my fingers for a few! Here's the happenings:

FFI mare, Market Genius, a.k.a. Ginny and our FFI intern E. at their first event.
  1. I've had a couple of really good rides on Loki. It's amazing how much things improve when I a) stop gripping with my knee and put my leg on and b) sit up! My trainer would roll her eyes at me about now because she literally yells at me to do these things all the time so duh! But, for some reason I feel like I've really improved in both the past couple of rides. I feel like part of the improvement is thinking more about keeping my leg on for support than thinking about not gripping with my knee. 

  2. I am going to let our intern E. take a lesson on Loki tomorrow. If it goes well she is going to ride him at an event the weekend after next. She entered the event on Ginny (pictured above) but Ginny just went out on a trial for 30 days most likely to be adopted, which is a good thing, but that has left her without a horse to ride as none of our other FFI horses are quite ready to go beginner novice just yet. Loki needs the miles and I don't have the money to do another event so hopefully it will be a win-win.

  3. Speaking of trial contracts. We've had 3 horses go out on trial this month! That is awesome! A fourth was officially adopted this month as well. The more horses we get adopted out the more we can take in. FFI does not have huge turnaround in horses. We definitely take our time to put training and miles on our horses and we take our time in finding the right match. If someone comes out to try a horse and my trainer says it's not a good match then that's that. However, it is still really great to get horses moving through!
Logan (the first FFI horse I ever rode) is going out on trial this month! Makes my heart so happy! This guy has been with us for at least two years. He raced a very long time and at 12 even though he is a good egg and perfectly sound it's been hard to find him a home. He's a good boy but very forward. Can you believe he's going to a lady in her 70s? She's ridden him several times and they just seem to click. Good luck buddy you so deserve a happy ending!

That's about it over here. Sorry not much in the way of pictures. (I think I say that a lot, oops!) Things are slowing down on the horse front for a while. Spring shows have pretty much wiped out my horse budget for a while. But, I'm hoping to get to trail riding again soon and I'm really looking forward to it! Oh and one more thing. As far as goals go this month my biggest one is to update my blog appearance. Hello! We are waaaaay past winter!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!


Seriously cutest pony ever!
Just wanted to wish all of my American friends a Happy 4th of July. Of course I hope all my non-American friends had a happy 4th too even if it was less eventful. :)

This was one of the best 4th experiences I've ever had. An usual cold front came through on Thursday and dropped the temps to a high of 73 so when we went to watch the fireworks that night it was in the 60s. No bugs + not sweating to death = WIN!

My kids marched in the parade today which I guess was televised nationally on Fox. My son was in the boyscouts helping to carry a ginormous flag and my daughter marched with the elementary school aged cheerleaders, so cute!

But the only pictures I took all day were these:
Seriously the cutest pony ride operation I've ever seen. The horses were in fantastic condition with good feet and super shiny coats. It's nice to see an operation with animals so obviously well cared for. I really wanted to take the Haflinger home and the little white mini. Heck, honestly I wish I had room for all of them!

Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VCBH: Interested Parties

"So way back in week seven of this tortuously long blog hop I have going we talked about the Pros of our current horse. Some of us experienced these pros after buying our horse. Now I am curious, what made you interested in your current horse that lead you to buying them in the first place?"


Vival Carlos has given us several fun blog hops. I haven't been able to participate in all of them but thankfully this one came at a good time where I actually have both the time and energy to participate.

I think I've already written about this a little before but it is still fun. Why did I, ultimately, decide to buy Loki?
One of my very first rides on the boy
Let's look at the facts:
  1. Loki can be handsome but really he is quite plain. If he's standing out in the field with a bunch of other horses I can guarantee you he will not be the first one you look at.
  2. He's at least 16.1 hh for most that is a great size for me it is way too stinking big!
  3. His front ankles do have some slight "rounding" on them. Obviously there is some wear & tear in there.
  4. He's not overly affectionate (although that has certainly gotten better over the past two years.)
I'll just stop there. When I look at those facts I do find myself asking why? Why did I buy this horse? 

Well let's see:
  1. I've already had my flashy horse. 
    Bugs the epitome of flashy... too bad he was also a little nutty
  2. I can't really say anything about his size. He's too big for me and I've just learned to live with it. However, Bugs was only 15.1 or 2 which was really a "perfect" size for me and yet he absolutely did not work out at all. So clearly size isn't everything. :P
  3. I had the ankles x-rayed and they were surprisingly quite clean, no chips and no arthritis. 
  4. As I said earlier he has become much more affectionate as time has gone on. 
Of course these aren't the real reasons I ended up buying Loki. The real reason is hard to define. The first time I sat on him I literally felt something special. It made me say "wow" even though to anyone watching I'm sure there wasn't anything special to see. It was just a feeling.

My trainer had originally picked up Monte, Loki's brother from a different mother-literally, with me in mind. And I really tried to want him but from my very first ride on Loki I was just pulled in his direction like I was metal and he was a giant sized horse magnet. I did fight it for a few weeks, though. (At this point I also have to add that the fact that he came from my trainer was a big plus. I'd already bought a horse without the help of a trainer (Bugs again) and I was determined NOT to make that same mistake.)

I think what really sealed the deal for me, though, was during his pre-purchase exam my vet at the time couldn't say enough good things about him. He really liked him a lot even with the not so perfect ankles.

And that as they say is that. And while there are days that I question myself I do love the big guy very much.
We're slowly learning to fly together