|the day Shuga became mine|
2 years after meeting her, I was finally able to buy her. Apparently when a lifelong dream finally comes true after years of believing that it won't, your mental capacity is severely reduced. "My Shuga, she's really mine," is about the best I could come up with that first year.
|still one of my favorite pictures|
I kept us well within both of our comfort zones for a good while, building up our confidence in each other and our ability to be a team. By our second winter together, we were ready to start getting out of that comfort zone again, but we still took it pretty slowly.
|unicorn horn and TARDIS saddle pad? yes, please|
We took a riding hiatus through 2016 while I was pregnant with our last baby, and then went right back to it. In some ways we were ahead of where we left off; in other ways we were right at the beginning all over again. 2017 was a year of rediscovering our connection under saddle while combating bad habits I learned during my pregnancy.
Our training focus is dressage, but we have ridden in some ground poles classes at a schooling jumping show series, a couple schooling English Pleasure W/T classes, shown in some for real SHIH classes, and have hit the trails as frequently as I can manage.
I'm proud of how far we've come, and am excited to see how far we will go.