Transformation: 2016-2017

May 2013 was the beginning of my three-month lease on a big bay gelding that didn’t know where to put his feet and that I didn’t know how to ride. Now, August 2017 will mark four years of owning that clumsy gelding.

As this is my fourth year with Ax, this is his fourth transformation post. I’ve come to love seeing the transformation of our training, riding, and relationship in these posts—even the bad parts. 2013 to 2014 was a time of flatwork and light jumping laced with a ton of relationship-building. We were two separate beings getting to know one another. 2014 to 2015 was a “rebuilding year” where we hit some speed bumps along our journey. 2015 to 2016 was about coming back from those setbacks stronger than before and then experiencing some more. Finally, 2016 to 2017 has seen Ax really come into his own where he looks and feels better than ever despite my shenanigans.

May 2016

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May 2016

June 2016

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July 2016

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Credit: Bryan Nigro Show Photography

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Credit: Bryan Nigro Show Photography

August 2016

Phone 212

September 2016

Phone 687

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October 2016

Fall Riding 097Fall Riding 283

November 2016

Phone 195Phone 133

December 2016

Phone 272

January 2017

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February 2017

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Phone 936

March 2017

Phone 045

April 2017

Phone 071Phone 141Phone 084

May 2017

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-TC

 

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