|Kiss the first time I met her as a 3 year old|
|My first ride on her to try her|
|Her first vertical jump!|
|One of our first times schooling off farm...clearly athletic!|
|This photo made me realize this horse HAS IT!|
|Always so lovely to work with|
Kiss was so extraordinary different from my other mare. My other mare is phenomenal as well and will always be mine. But that mare has seen me through some really rough times...even this one.
Kiss had some baby things to figure out. Like how to load on the trailer and stand on it without melting down and screaming the whole time...she learned the loading part in one 10 minute session. The standing and leaving friends part took a lot of traveling and repetition.
|One our first off farm flat schools|
|Meeting Tillie (my other mare) the first time|
|Learning that pawing while being tied is a no no|
|Settling in with Tillie|
|First canter under saddle|
|Finally standing quietly when tied|
|She used to straight up refuse going into water...by this season was dropping in off banks|
|Her canter really started taking shape!|
|Learning that trail riding isn't so scary|
|Dealing with foot soreness (before we knew that is what it was)...and showing me she can really be athletic!|
If anyone has ever had to sell a horse that you really do admire, you will understand this emotional rollercoaster. The pain and sadness of realizing you won't see their face when you go to the barn, but also the relief you feel because not only will your own situation improve, but so will hers. Because now she has an owner that will love only her.
|Having fun doing a paper chase. It was her first outing like this one and cantering out in a group. She handled it fabulously.|
|Placing at our first show ever.|
|Kiss' first event ever in 2018|
|So fun to jump...easily adjustable. Not too forward or lazy. Just easy.|
|The only time I ever free jumped her - boy did she really show her natural ability.|
I wasn't all that surprised that once I listed her, that I had quite a few people interested. But I wanted to be super picky about her next home. I let only a few people actually come try her and my heart filled with pride when I saw just how much kiss has learned, what she could offer someone else and just how far she has come.
|Schooling earlier this season she was doing Novice in her sleep!|
|A great learning xc school for her that really challenged her - but by the end was doing training level questions with ease|
|Loch Moy this year|
|Always solid jumping around at shows|
|Her first Novice CT showing just how easy this all is for her|
|Nope not touching!|
My new goals are to enjoy this sport again wherever it takes me. Slow down and ride because I want to not because I have to. Selling one of my horses seemed impossible to process for such a long time, until finally eventually my brain became at peace with it. I realized the home she was set up to go to was the best one I could ever dream of for her. And it makes it all ok. Sure, I am still sad but knowing this young rider will get to achieve all of her goals on her makes it worth it.