This week marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of my lease of Axcent. It is hard to believe that just 365 days ago I was signing a lease contract for three months with a new horse, not knowing what was going to happen or that one day he would become mine.
Shortly after signing the contract, I came home from school and decided that I wanted to take Ax to a show. The fact that I had only been leasing him for 8 days, 6 of which I had been away at school, and that I had only ridden him a total of four times did not occur to me. I convinced my parents to pack up the trailer and camper, trailer us down to the show grounds, and drop us off while they went back to work for the next two days. So there I was, at a horse show I had never been to before with a horse that I barely knew, all by myself. I can’t say that we went in and won all of our classes, because we didn’t, but I can say that I learned a lot about my horse that weekend. I learned that he hated rain more than anything, that he was not stopping at the fence I pointed him at no matter how much I pulled, that he isn’t a braid itcher, and that his favorite thing to do in his stall is to lay down and eat. We left the show with a lot more knowledge about each other, oh, and a few ribbons.
Now, with a year together under our belt, we are preparing for the same horse show. I can’t wait to see how we do this time around and to show everyone how far we have come in such a short time. Axcent has transformed into an entirely different horse and a completely different ride. He is still a goofball and forgets where his feet go sometimes, but gone is the gawky nerd appearance and in its place is a muscled meatball. We have come so far since last year that I am stunned when I look at the pictures. So, in honor of Transformation Tuesday, here is Axcent’s transformation.
I can only imagine what the next year will bring.