Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hot Shot - The Saddlebred

I have a beautiful horse in training named Hot Shot. He is a pinto Saddlebred that is incredibly talented. I think he is every bit as talented as Big B was, but has an even free'er shoulder. I have been riding him since January, trying to get him used to my way, my seat, my aids, my voice, relaxation, all the usual things you work on with a new horse. What's cool is my beautiful Duchess saddle fits him (the saddle I designed for Riding Couture, along with Borne' Saddlery), which was custom made for B, and also of which I haven't been able to use for two years now, ever since B's injury. Hot Shot's owner, Liz, just ordered him a beautiful new bridle with gold piping to match the saddle. Schooling shows start in May, and I can't wait to get back out on the "scene."

This week I've been schooling canter transitions, in and out of the walk. He is getting stronger and stronger.
Below is a pic of the beautiful boy.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Big B's First Day


As many of you know, Breda had a major surgery on his superficial deep digital flexor tendon sheath back in December. A long-time injury finally reached the point of almost no return, pending this surgery. He was walking on three legs, holding up his front right foot to walk. Thanks to Dr. Delco at Pilchuck, Breda had his first day back in his pasture today. His leg is still not perfect, but for now he is having the quality of life that I was hoping for (pasture sound).


Going down for that first roll...


You know this is feeling good...


This made my heart feel sooooo good....


This was Big B in all his glory. Here we are making our Prix St. George debut. This was one of the best days of my entire life. We will always have this memory together. Thanks B...