Gotcha Day

Gotcha Day

♪♫ Happy Owniversary to Me. Happy Owniversary to Ax. Happy Owniversary to Us! HAPPY OWNIVERSARY TO US! ♪♫

A lot has happened in the three years since I wrote that check, handed if off to my dad, and impatiently waited at school for the call that the papers had been signed in my name. We haven taken leaps forward and steps back. In honor of our third owniversary, I’m reflecting on three of our biggest accomplishments together. Continue reading “Gotcha Day”

Transformation: 2015-2016

Transformation: 2015-2016

The first year I did this, there was quite a difference in both Ax’s musculature and movement—you could literally see him bulk up and move correctly over the months. Last year’s post wasn’t as satisfying with its fair share ups and downs. Even though it started rough, we progressed to where we were better than we had been the year before. Continue reading “Transformation: 2015-2016”

In the Absence of a Bit

In the Absence of a Bit

I am going to be completely honest here—a friend of mine who half-leased Ax a few years ago used a Micklem on him and I was disgusted. Don’t ask me why, but something about putting my precious horse into a bitless bridle brought up a giant red X in my brain. I’m pretty sure I gave her a nasty sneer and rudely said, “Ew, why would you do that?” to which she probably should have slapped me. I’m sure you can imagine the satisfaction in her voice and the sheepishness in mine when I suddenly changed my tune a year later and asked her what size she had bought for his puny head. Continue reading “In the Absence of a Bit”

Basic Conformation: Head and Neck

If you saw my last conformation post about basic balance, then you know that this semester I am taking a Equine Biomechanics and Conformation class and I decided to share my new knowledge with my readers. I am thinking that this is going to turn into a mini-series of sorts.

Now that we have evaluated our horse’s balance and overall body proportions, it is time to get a little more specific, starting with the head and neck. Again, “ideal” refers to the general preferences in most breeds. There are always exceptions. Continue reading “Basic Conformation: Head and Neck”