Two years ago today STA delivered Gem to where I board him with LA. I can't believe how time has flown! For those of you that are new to my blog, STA was my sanity check when I purchased Gem and was instrumental in making sure that I chose the right horse for me. I actually purchased Gem on April 11, 2009, but the deal wasn't sealed until he passed his vet exam. With the exception of him being "over conditioned" or in other words fat, he passed with flying colours. :-) STA drove him home to her place on April 18th where he waited out the results of his Coggins test and then she trailered him to LA's on the 23rd. STA and I will be having our anniversary lunch next week.
Our first year together was definitely getting to know each other. There was so much to learn!!! In particular I had to get over his size. Now I can't image riding anything smaller! This second year has been about me gaining confidence and for both of us to learn how to work as a team. It's been bumpy at times, it's been amazing at times, it's been magic every time. We still have a long way to go. Boy, he is definitely teaching me how to ride! :-) He has also taught me a lot about myself and for that I am grateful.
This year was almost starting over again for me. I had surgery last April and my recovery took me into the fall. Physically I didn't have the endurance to pick up where I had left off in my lessons before surgery. Gem knew I wasn't 100% and was generally pretty patient with me. I feel better about where I am in my lessons now. Hey, I loped around the arena twice, controlled and (pretty) balanced in the saddle! And, I jumped! :-)
A big "thank you" to my blogging friends for your encouragement over the last year! :-) I can't tell you how much your support, insight and knowledge sharing has meant to me. You guys rock.
This coming year, I am hoping to lope small circles, learn how to do a proper sidepass and go on tons of trail rides. As much as I am looking forward to the next year with my boy, I almost wish my time with him would slow down.....it just seems to rush by and I really just want to savour every minute we are together!
I love him.