Someone asked a great question in the comments on my last post. I answered the question in the comments but I thought I would expand on it in this post to help me sort through my thoughts. The question was what am I doing with Bonnie and Lexi now that Sky is in the picture?
Me with Bonnie and Lexi
Lexi is about six hours old in this picture, she hasn’t even unfolded yet
Bonnie’s dam Gabrielle
Bonnie meeting Bugle when she was about 9 hours old; she was born in mid March 2004
Bonnie and I cruising around the cross country course last August; she still looks like a baby in this picture. She has grown taller and filled out more in the last year.
If you want the quick re-hash of my undersaddle time with them here it goes. They were both backed as three year olds and then turned back out to grow until they were four. At four they were both back in work sporadically. My life was busier than it has ever been last year! I took them to a cross country schooling day to hack around, play in the water jump and see the sights last August. When I was on my way home some idiot decided to stop in the middle of a very busy 2-lane road going downhill on a blind curve and do a U-turn. Needless to say they halted traffic from all directions and cars were going everywhere. They did not stop at the scene but completed their U-turn and left. I was only going 25mph at the time but still had to slam on my brakes hard (I was the second vehicle behind this car). Lexi actually fell down in the trailer on her hind end and then slid under the chest bar and got stuck there sitting down.
Me on Lexi in February of this year; notice the short sleeves! Jason cut my head off in this picture
Bonnie in the water jump last August
Me with Lexi
We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program of retired horses and their pictures in the next post!