The end of the year finds me clearing out old emails and organizing my paper files to make room for the upcoming year’s correspondence. As I was working my way into my older emails, I came across an email from July 14, 2011 when I was horse shopping.
It had pretty much been decided that I was headed to Florida to horse shop. I was receiving emails from Bianca who was sharing details of the horses she had available that 1) were in my price range and 2) were rideable for someone with my skill set.
This particular email gave details about Ike. The email read:
“So here is the video of the 3 year old gelding. This one is very special, only 3 years old he is solid at training level and just so rideable. Super sweet natured and just wants to learn and please his rider. This boy will go very far as a dressage horse as he develops more muscle. He is extremely safe and sane, non spooky and just a gem to handle. He loves people, loads easily, clips etc. All in all a wonderful horse!”
Here is the link to his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsWTfVKnTe8
I smiled as I read this because it was a pretty spot on description of the horse that ended up as part of the family. I watched this old video and it made me smile. While he looks quite solid with Bianca riding him, I like to think that he has shown progress in these subsequent years with me as his primary rider. He is at least more muscled than he was as a three year old.
I sometimes wonder where the other horses landed since my budget only allowed one to come home. I hope their owners are as happy with their equine partner as I am. Fingers are crossed that Bianca was right and that there is still more to achieve with our dressage aspirations!