Cathryn at That Red Mare posted this blog hop yesterday and it immediately grabbed my attention. Who doesn’t love a good transformation? Honestly though, I don’t think Henry is your typical super impressive “before and after”. He came to me in good health (albeit FAT and with no muscle from having sat in a pasture for over a year) and he’d already jumped a little bit, so his early education went by pretty quickly. His is not a particularly radical transformation, but it’s still kind of fun to look back.
This was Henry on Day 1 when he arrived in Texas in December 2013. So fat that his butt jiggled when he walked. He’s always been cute though – the long mane and shaggy coat couldn’t hide that.
He’s a bit more fit these days… looks more like a event horse than a pasture puff. I think he went from cute to handsome.
This is one of our very first jumps, also December 2013. He was a little bit more green and careful in those days, but his style has always been good.
Now he just jumps much bigger things.
Ah, but what about the DERP? Well, absolutely nothing has changed in that regard. On Day 1 he was 100% derp…
and almost 3 years later – still derping so hard.
I started with a pretty nice horse. Now I just have a more fit, more educated one.
Maybe Sadie is a a little bit more fun as a before and after, since… ya know… going from a baby to an adult is a lot more drastic?
Sadie at 2 weeks, when she was still cute and tiny.
Sadie at 2 years, still looking a little gangly. (Yes, I’m skipping over the yearling part. No one wants to re-live that, especially not me.)
Sadie at 3 years, at her first little schooling show.
Her first show over fences, at 4 years. Cantering over the Baby Green jumps like NBD, because teeny things have always been a joke to her.
At 5, when she decided she’d rather be a jumper and the sticks got bigger.
And then last year, finally mature at age 8, and with her first baby.
Still hard to believe that my tiny little fuzzball is now a giant mare!