Horses, Every Day

Be still my heart

A new incredible adventure ahead.

Not sure how it all got started, but there’s no turning back.  When life is a little too good, a little too settled, it’s always best to shake things up a bit, no?

Blushing even thinking about this.  Have no reasonable explanation of what sort of logic was used to make this decision.  Better just come out and say it straight.

–  I’ve bought a young horse.  3 years old.  Not just any horse.  That’d be too easy, right?  Besides, don’t have the financial means to do that.

So, this is a mare that has been mostly untouched until now.  Possibly just the third time wearing a halter the day I went out to see her the first time.  Here we are.  Meeting for a minute.

First meeting

She tolerated some brief touching.  That’s about all.

We’re both completely set up for failure.  Lovely.  Stories starting like this usually do not end well.  Somehow, I hope to make her a good riding horse.  Do dressage with her.  This will be very educational.  For me, she’ll be just fine as she is.

To avoid complete failure, immediate blemishes, a bruised ego, and immediate death I’ve had her lightly handled before getting on the trailer.  A short couple of weeks in a round pen with lunging, saddling, light backing one time for 5 seconds.

She looked very stressed out about it all the second time I saw her…  Will show you pictures later.

Today, just a body shot from the first visit.

Hope to have you along for this adventure.  May the snickering begin!

Hugs, Elinor

Yes, you Should both look worried

Hoping she will be as polite about introductions as Jaworzno is.

Introductions

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23 thoughts on “Be still my heart

  1. How exciting for you, Elinor! I’m in a similar position at the moment actually. Looking forward to reading about your adventures with this new, beautiful girl. I’m sure she’ll receive the right love and attention from you to prosper into a wonderful dressage horse.

    Thanks also for the kind comments on my blog. Much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • It will be fun to see how things evolve for you! I have a horse here who seems the opposite of your prospecteve gelding on the ground, very nice mare, but I have NO idea how she will be under saddle…
      She better be more than a cuddle pet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thank you for coming to my painting blog! It’s so nice to see somebody who actually handles the beautiful animals I can’t seem to stop painting…lovely pictures! Good luck with the new horse, I am sure you’ll handle her just fine!

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    • Thank you!
      You say on your blog –

      “Painting is my meditation, my refuge. It exists in a timeless stateโ€”those fleeting moments that I cannot possibly hold on to but in which I feel whole, as though life actually makes sense. If only for a little while” .
      This is perhaps the very same reason I spend time with horses. They make everything make sense, and nothing matters at the same time.
      Happy you stopped by to read!

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      • Great! Very happy you actually read that. It is not that surprising to read your reply. I am not a horse person, but whenever I am around them, it is somehow special and uplifting…all the best to you!

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  3. She is beautiful. Spanish breed of some sort? Looks Andalusian or Lusitano or something like that. Very fancy and pretty.
    You have your work cut out for you but it sounds like you are ready for the adventure! I look forward to following it on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe, be happy, have fun!

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    • Yes, she is an Andalusian cross. And yes, definitely have my work cut out… I’ve never broken a horse myself before. And she’s not exactly a dead beat. But I have also never been known to lead a boring, risk free life ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m so happy you’ll be checking in on us! It will be a humble journey. And as safe as possible.

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