One year ago today.... we drove to Vermont to pick up JoJo.
The past year has been much like the Tale of Two Cities....
..."it was the best of times, it was the worst of times....."
But we've been over that.
Within weeks of his arrival we had a hurricane/tropical storm, a crazy micro burst...
Winter brought snow, cold and we manage to squeeze in a blizzard even!
Got a new/vintage trailer, and learned how to load ourselves in it...
I've learned to stay up right on a blanket, saddle pad, and finally an actual saddle...
I learned that being nice can sometimes be dangerous.
I've learned that I need about 60 %, not 51% on the horse/rider teamwork scale.
I've learned to stand my ground (more) when pony's are fresh.
I've stopped weeping. (a big plus for my patient husband).
I've learned we ARE a team.
I have learned a lot about friendship.
I could NOT have gotten thru the last year's ups, downs, and early mornings without:
#1. The Patient Hubby.
#2. The exceptional Friends.
a few for their moral support, occasional hard manual labor and listening skills... and one in particular for her guidance, patience, and encouragement in the world of equines.
(I won't embarrass you girls ~ you know who you are. )
After some serious "ungardening"... and a lot of help from family and friends.
We borrowed a trailer, and off we went ~ almost to Canada.
When we arrived back home, I was wondering what I had done ~ and mentally exhausted.
He seemed a little tired too, a long ride when you're standing up.
We had no saddle, so Hubby thought a folded up blanket was the next best thing....
only a little slippery. Not one of his better ideas.
Time marched on... and we got to know each other ~ here he is, learning to appreciate my fashion sense...
I think he likes the hat!
Handsome boy, learning to put up with a camera...
He's waiting for Cricket to come back from a walk...
and now he's just being funny.
Our first outing to the beach after acquiring the Vintage JoJo Jalopy!
Cricket was still warming to his new big Brother.
He met/tasted the shorter members of the family....
Curious about the little people!
It snowed..... and we trotted about the front lawn....
and we attempted to get some learning ~ note the use of the saddle now!
yes, sloppy reins ~ I know.
We're sorta growing on each other...
Read your book where you can see your pony over the top of it....
Bog riding... (camera on FishEye mode, I'm not that crooked)...
Best part is snack time?
What? No hitching post?
After a happy ride at the horse park...
He makes sunset time look good!
Back at the beach... watching the "swimmers"....
there they go again, swimming off.
Some people need a boat to go water skiing, others let their pony tow them...
and here we are last weekend ~ Unleashed!
It was a GREAT ride!
My awesome "Handler" got to be the camera crew for the day!!
She's a bit camera shy, so I can't show her off!
Looks at us go!
To the naked eye, we even look like we know what were doing!
Remember that bridle trail sign last winter!
I'm on horseback now, instead of on foot!
Happy Anniversary lovely boy ~ I know you can't read but,
Your Mummy LOVES you handsome boy! :))))
(silly people... talking to horses....)