Sunday Blog Material 025  This is Jewels APHA. A sorrel with white flecks in her coat. She is 9 years old. Stands 14.3 hands tall. Weighing about 1,100 lbs. I looked at her last summer with no intentions of buying an other horse. But, I simply couldn’t take my eyes off of her. It was a love at first sight. She was too good to pass up. Jewels was very shy, spooky and hard to catch when I first brought her home. My husband thought I’d gone nuts. After all, I could barely walk from an accident the year before. Hobbling along trying to work with her was extremely challenging at times. It took months of preparation, before I swung the first leg over her. Surprisingly enough, she was really broke to ride, but a lot more than I could handle at the time. It took several more months, before I could get her to stand quietly next to the mounting block. It has really been a slow process teaching her ground rules. In fact the more I think about it, she’s probably never had any formal ground training prior. To me, that’s the most important stage of training. In spite of it all, she’s coming along beautifully. Together, we are working on getting fit and shaping up. My primary goal with her, is endurance riding. It’s going to be a long haul at my age, but it’s my life long dream to compete. She has a heart, when asked, as big as Texas. Paired with our courage and enthusiasm, we’re going to be an amazing team.




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