Saturday, August 27, 2011

One Year Anniversary

Yesterday Bear and I celebrated our one year anniversary.  Like most things measured in years, it went by both fast and slow.  We also had our ups and our downs (figuratively and literally).  But it has been really fun getting to know him better and better.

When I brought him home a year ago he was a dumpy, out of shape, and fat, 15 year old gelding.  He would fall asleep at the drop of a hat, and while he didn't mind trotting out at faster paces, he just didn't feel very lively.  I was actually talking about how he might be my "starter" horse and I would only keep him for a year.

That started to change after a few months.  Getting some consistent exercise and all he could eat grass allowed him to bulk up, trim down somewhat, and really wake up.  Now a year later I can't imagine getting rid of him.  He is alert, fit, and looking about 4 or 5 years younger than he did when we got him.

Yesterday and today we took the guys back out to the second strip for some more walking and long trotting.  Things were quite good.  There were a few mini-startles, but all in all they are getting much more used to the area.  This morning we did get off them and let them get up close and personal with the pile of hay bales and big rusted machinery.  Hopefully that will prevent some future spooking.

Before we could get out and about we ran into Gay returning from her ride.  We planned on another group outing for Sunday, so that should be a good time.

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