My mare Sadie is at October Hill right now and was bred to Mezcalero on Tuesday. Fingers crossed for a nice healthy black dot on the ultrasound in a couple weeks! The mare manager said that she is just a doll and loves working with her. Such a little thing, but there’s something about that comment that makes my heart swell with maternal pride… it’s different when you breed one and raise it yourself. Kinda makes me understand how people might feel about 2-legged kids.
Since I’m thinking about Sadie (aka Sadiebug aka Bug) so much today, I thought I’d share some more pictures of her from the past 7 years. Y’all saw some when I introduced her in this post, but obviously I have a ton. Some day I will write a post about the trials and tribulations of breeding and raising your own horse, but that’d be a novel in itself, so for today just enjoy watching our journey in pictures.
June 2006 – she officially exists! Cutest black dot ever.
May 12, 2007 – only a few hours old. She looked like a baby moose.
17 months. We call this the Hardcore Donkey stage.
First time wearing a saddle, coming 2yo
At her RPSI inspection, summer of her 2yo year
The great hock infection incident – late summer of her 2yo year
Fall of her 2yo year – trying to eat her older brother Weston
Coming 3 – 0ff to Kindergarten! 60 days at Dan Keen Horsemanship.
My first time ever riding her (I know, I know, no helmet. I had no idea he was going to let me ride her when I went to visit after the first 30 days, but I couldn’t resist the chance to sit on her.)
Her first big trail ride – only a month after coming back from the breaker. She’s the one in the lead.
Late summer of her 3yo year, hacking out
fall of her 3yo year – first horse show, English Versatility class (sorta half trail class half flat class – she won!)
winter of her 3yo year – first XC school, mainly just trotted tiny logs but she had a blast galloping through and out of the water.
Summer of her 4yo year – first o/f show
Fall of her 4yo year – looking more mature
Spring of her 5yo year – first A show
still spring of her 5yo year – first time in the jumper ring (sorry so tiny)
Summer of her 5yo year – schooling bigger fences at home
Winter of her 6yo year
And a few months ago, now age 7
Sorry for the MASSIVE photo dump, but hope you enjoyed the nostalgia as much as I did.