Monday, 26 March 2018

Baby Superstar

Apologies in advance as my phone kept dying all weekend and so I got very limited media.

We'll discuss my dressage tests, saddle and trailer woes at a later date (oh, and my tall boot zipper packed it in about 10 min before my first test too, talk about a weird week!) For now, I just want to talk about how pleased and excited I am about the new girl! And no, I haven't settled on a barn name yet...so forgive me calling her New Pony for the short term.

My coach picked her up Friday afternoon and immediately fell in love. "She's a mini Audrey!" (Audrey being her up and coming dressage star and my very favorite horse in the barn to ride - they won their Fourth level classes and the high score this weekend  - go team!) Coach's 10 year old son also fell in love, naming her "Sass" and begging me to keep her at their barn :)

I met her for the first time and fell on love with her too. She's really sweet and inquisitive, and also very sensible. She's really well mannered, leads nicely, and is super with feet and grooming. She LOVES being brushed! On a practical note, she thinks and investigates things before reacting, which I much appreciate!

Anyway, a short list of things new pony did this week without any drama:

-Trailering. Trailered in the shipper's big rig, my coach's step up 4 horse, and our little borrowed 2 horse with absolutely no fuss. Stood quietly on the trailer for 2 ferry rides!

-Hanging out at a show. Some of the horses in surrounding stalls were a bit rambunctious (Audrey, I'm looking at you!), and while she was certainly aware of the atmosphere, she ate and drank well, and rested quietly. I was pleased she didn't scream for her new buddies as they came and went from their classes.

One day, that'll be you in the big ring, baby pony!

-Explored TBird pretty much in it's entirety. I handwalked her everyhere and she was great! The odd baby moment where she wasn't sure and wanted to "snuggle" or rush but generally she was super about personal space and not pulling. Loved that the default for everything scary was to want to walk up and look at it closer, also she wasnt worried about leaving the other horses.
She came with the cutest pony halter.

-Tolerated EC's son. He's a 10 year old boy, sometimes he's a bit loud and enthusiastic for some horses. She loved him though, and was quite content to let him groom her and generally make a big fuss of her. So cute!

-Visited EC's on our way home. Marched into the barn like she owned it, trotted around the round pen maybe twice before settling in for dinner and a rest.

The other horses at EC's were so excited to meet her, but this was about the extent of her interest in them, lol

-Finally, settled in to home very quietly and easily. 

Our weather has been awful, so she got a new rainsheet today. She's so teeny, I ended up buying her a 63" blanket! 

And her one big baby moment so far? Somehow, at the show, her water bucket exploded into a million pieces. I don't know if she dumped it and stepped in it or what, but yeah...it lasted like 30min. So, I bought her a heavy duty bucket with that new rainsheet ;)
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26 comments

  1. Lovely! Welcome home new pony! It's great when those babies have a good brain 🙂

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    1. We were all fully expecting baby pony drama all weekend, but she was better behaved than most of the grown up horses!

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  2. this is the post i have been waiting for! YAY. She is even cuter than I thought she would. So did you bring her to where B is staying for now?? I can't wait to follow you and her to the show ring!! And i am so glad she has a good brain. SO WORTH That. Everything else is gravy :) HA! Congrats! (And Congrats to your coach and Audrey!!)

    God aren't tall boots the pits with those damn zippers. UGH. Everytime i zip mine up I say a prayer to God that they won't break (and my boots are less than a year old!).

    Congrats on Sassy Banana or whatever you call her??

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    1. Yep, she's all settled in at Bridget's barn (the unStable)
      I'm hating tall boots right now!

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  3. Aw I love her sweet expression and kind eye! Sounds like a really promising first introduction! And so exciting to have her home and ready to start on her new life of growing up with you!!

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    1. She is very kind, I forgot how sweet babies are!

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  4. She sounds like a GREAT pony! Congrats on getting her home!!

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    1. Fingers crossed, she seems exactly what I hoped for (except the color, lol)

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  5. She is adorable! Congrats on an amazing new pony! Don't worry about the rest of the stuff, right?

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    1. Yep, just going to focus on the happy!

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  6. Such cute! Much sense! Seriously her type is right up my alley - glad it went smoothly and that you've officially got your new girl :)

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  7. What I weekend for her! She looks sooo sweet! Congrats on getting her home :)

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    1. I keep crossing my fingers that her seeming easy isn't actually just her being completely overwhelmed :)

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  8. OMG look at her little halter and face and hair and I just love her!!!

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    1. She's really cute and friendly...I'm going to have to be on my A game toughness in order to not cave in and spoil her all the time:)

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  9. What a good girl. How old is she?

    I love her color!

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    1. She will be 2 mid May. I'm actually not really a fan of palomino, but she might make me change my mind.

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    1. I'm not sure I've ever been so attached so quickly, she's very sweet and likeable.

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  11. Yay for her being so wonderful. I am so excited for this new chapter.

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  12. Such a smart baby!! Glad she's settling in.:)

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  13. Destroyer of buckets!!! She's super cute

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