Happy one-year anniversary, Apollo! I think the actual anniversary of the best decision I've made in a very long time is sometime between a week ago and today, during the time I had him on trial: I realized that I absolutely loved this horse and had every intention of buying him and never sending him back to his seller. :)
This horse is helping me learn to be a much better rider, a braver rider, and in general a happier person. He loves being taken care of, is happy to be a partner and a part of a team, and does his job even when I make it hard for him. He's generous and kind, and I'm unspeakably grateful to him for everything he gives me. I hope I give enough back to him.
We've come a long way over this year, too. We've gone from this:
|First canter - both a bit tense|
|Hurry-scurry exercise from Sunday's lesson;|
both much more relaxed
And from this:
|More of the hurry-scurry exercise.|
My position's looking better.
|When I first got him|
|A few weeks ago - still a wild animal, obv. ;)|
Here's to many more years together, best little bay Thoroughbred ever!