While I was looking for a specific old video of Sadie last week, I found myself knee deep in my old youtube account. I haven’t really used it much since I switched to vimeo, which I much prefer, but man there are some blasts from the past contained within that old archive. Horses from up to a decade ago, even. A couple of them I had kind of forgotten about, or at least forgotten a lot about them, because they were project horses that I didn’t have for very long. I thought it would be kind of fun (and also funny) to share a few of the videos, with screenshots for those who hate clicking on videos cuz I’m kinda with you on that most of the time.
First and foremost there’s Gracie, a little grade western mare that I picked up for $800. Did she come from Craigslist? I don’t remember. Maybe. Did Craigslist exist in 2008? I think so. Odds are good. Anyway, I got her mostly because I was totally burned out on h/j but still wanted something to play around with. She was sour and rotten, but once we straightened that out she was a pretty cool little horse. Super on the trails. She ended up selling as a lesson horse to the barn I was boarding at… I think she might even still be there. I’m 90% sure I still remember how to put on a western saddle, but don’t hold me to that.
Then after Gracie there was Cruz, who I now realize (as I’m watching his video) reminds me A LOT of Emma’s horse Charlie. Cruz was a fairly unhandled 17h 4yo when I got him for something super ridiculous like $350, and I started him u/s and then resold him. I think he was about 6 months under saddle in this video. Last I saw him he was down in the Houston area, but I’ve definitely lost track of him over the years.
This one isn’t me or my horse, but Y’ALL, I have been stalking stallions for SO LONG that I have a video of the hunter stallion Shine, that I took while standing creepily beside the ring to watch him go. See, I’ve been crazy forever. Video evidence.
Then there was that cutting lesson I took once. I wish I could remember this horse’s name, he was a really cool older stallion. Tiny, so tiny, but what an athlete. Also if you touched your finger to his withers he would stop dead. It was a literal whoa button. I got a kick out of it.
After that came the Sadie years, when she was finally old enough to ride. She was only 3 in this video, just kind of hacking around. Also she was still super narrow, which is just amusing these days, knowing how freaking stout she ended up being. I’ll be happy if Presto can be this cool when he’s 3!
While Sadie was growing up I leased another horse that I’ve talked about on the blog a little before – Kai, an Oldenburg by Ideal. He was rehabbing from a ligament injury in his foot when I took over the ride, and once he was back in action we showed a little bit in the jumpers before he ended up going back to Cali. I learned a lot from this horse. He was definitely one of the most challenging rides I’ve ever had… as you can probably garner from all the spooking he’s doing in the video (such a little shit!). He sure made you work for every single step, every single day.
And the last horse on my old account, before the Henny videos started, was Salerno. He was a super cute little 4yo Sonntagskind gelding that his dressage-rider owner asked me to start o/f to help market him to be sold. He’d had about a month of jumping experience by the time this video was taken and he was just so super easy and chill about the whole thing. I loved this little horse, I hope he ended up in a great home.
Do y’all ever look back through old videos and find yourself reminiscing, or giggling at yourself a bit? It’s kinda fun…