Do You Remember?

Do you remember your first horse? How did it happen? What were you thinking on that day? Did it lock you in the horse world forever?

For me, it did. My first horse as a green broke Appaloosa gelding james TJ! He was hard headed and a bit of a jerk but I remember! He was a Christmas present! He was to be brought to the house but the person to haul him lost their truck (stolen) the night before so my folks had to make some extravagant story to get me to the stable! He was in a stall with a half eaten ribbon around his neck! It made me one happy kid!!!!

Rachael and Tejas Jubilee, her first horse in 1993

Last night I had the extreme pleasure and being part of a girl and her first horse!!! I was here to whiteness the joy! She came out to “take a lesson on my new horse” then was told that Suzy Q was actually HER new horse!!!! The sheer joy rolling off that almost 15 year old girl was contagious!!!!! You guys, it helped me remember WHY I do what I do! Why I found a love of horses. Why I love seeing people/kids riding and learning all about horses!!!!!!

Amelia and her first horse Suzy Q! 6/13/2020

God Closes Doors…

Today I found out that Goose and Lynx’s mama is not bred. She should be bred. She is not. I could throw my sucker in the dirt and be mad. But I’m not. Actually, I ok with it. It’s weird. I realize that God had other plans!

Special Project Lynx

God put Splash in my life. He has been trying to put said horse in my life for 4-5 years now. Finally, he closed the door on Roxy so now I can have Splash! Five horses is a lot. Roxy is going home to the ranch. Back down to four horses! But again, I’m not sad! This mare put two on the ground that are awesome horses. Time to keep going with them. ONE DAY I will come across a colt that will have the pedigree of Lynx. ONE DAY. But not today.

My plan is to keep going with my three sound, broke, barrel horses and let Gabe continue to be a pasture buddy. I’m sad he doesn’t have Jennayyy anymore but he will be fine. I have another Bay to tune on and run. Splash is so much fun!!

So I will listen and do my best with what I have. No reason to stress about not having another baby out of the dam of Lynx and Goose. Heck, I have my hands full! So listen up guys. If got closes a door, look for the open window! It’s there!!! Mine is… less horses, less hay and feed. One less to deworm, one less trim, one less to vaccinate…. one less. Granted I did just add Splash to my herd and that was totally unexpected. But God has a plan!

Something Extraordinary…

In the Spring of 2019, I decided that I wanted to make the races at BRAT for the entire season. I ended up missing one in June but that was it. There are 12 races in a season. I wanted to win the year or at least be in the top 10 on Zbar Lynx To Cash.

Lynx was able to get us to the top. Then to first. Then… Covid 19 hit. Lynx cut his leg about a week after. Races were canceled… we were sitting first for open and adult!!! Two races left. Y’all, I tried to heal him up for Mother’s Day weekend also known as the last two races of the season…. but it wasn’t meant to be.

So my sweet friend Debra suggested I ride Splash. He is an 18 year old gelding that has been there done that. However he hasn’t really been run since 2016. So I did it!!!! Low and behold, Splash man ended up winning 1st in the 5D open and 4th in the adult on Saturday. I had given him his Summit on Friday! His first round! Had him Chiro’ed on Saturday night. Then we made another run on Sunday landing 3rd in the 4D, knocking a half of a second off our time, and 1st in the 4D Adult!!!!!! Holy Cow!!!! We did it! Splash clinched the year keeping us At the top of the open and the adult!!!!!!

My last post was about making changes. About God putting logs in our path to help us grow. I always felt like I was a decent rider. But I have my favorites. Lynx is one of them! The fact that I was able to jump ride a different style horse this weekend and bring home the loot just reminds me that I am BLESSED. So when God puts that log in the road, look around…. something different but better might be right there!!!!!

Saturday 5/9/2020 Splash
Sunday 5/10/2020 Splash