Saturday, October 27, 2012

I Bought a Horse!

Okay, I know it has been a long time since I have paid attention to this blog, but I have an excuse this time.  It is the only excuse that is legitimate!  I bought a horse!
And this is not just any horse.  I bought a Friesian.  And not just any Friesian; a Friesian that is talented for Dressage!

I have actually owned him since April.  The way I found him and the circumstances surrounding the sale are a long story that I will tell later, I promise.  His registered name is Jelle, and he is a 9 year old gelding.  He was imported, although I am not sure of what year he arrived in the USA.  The people who I bought him from had never ridden before they bought him, and never took a lesson while they owned him.  Jelle got ridden (in a western saddle!) about 6-8 times over the course of the year in which they owned him, and was about 300 pounds overweight, and in terrible (fitness) shape!  He couldn't hold a canter for even 20m, and had no concept of being connected and round.

I have been training him for the last six months and bringing him back into fitness.  I also had to buy a saddle (a new County Perfection, of course!), and summer was a challenge for the black horse here in Florida (not to mention, for me, too)!  Thank goodness it wasn't as hot this summer as the past two!

So, I just wanted to introduce my boy.  He is a dream to ride, train, and just to be around.  He really is like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!