Today is Ike’s brother’s 18th birthday. According to The Jockey Club, he turned 18 on January 1st, but I like to acknowledge the actual day. He has been a part of the family for 9 years. Cigar is incorrigible. I tried my best to turn him into a dressage partner, but he fought me on each and every ride. In his mind, you could not win unless your nose was stretched far out in front of the rest of your body. It must have driven him crazy when I said that no, we could not gallop down centerline…although we actually did that at one schooling show when he decided the herd of sheep were to be feared.
He has given me a black eye, a bloody nose, a crooked finger, bruises, sprains, and whiplash. He might be incorrigible, but he is my grumpy old man and Ike’s buddy. Happy Birthday Cigar, we love you! 🙂