Saturday, October 24, 2015

3 years

This month marks three years since I began leasing Isabel. What started out as a quick 6 month lease has transformed into something else entirely.

It amazes me daily how much we have both changed and grown over the course of these years.

pretty mare
The horse was practically unmanageable when I met her, and I was only just beginning the long slog back to riding fitness after four years out of the saddle. Not to mention the fact that neither of us had a whole lot of confidence in the other, nor did I have much confidence in myself.

Even just last year, when I finally got us into a training routine (and started blogging!), I wondered how far things could really go. I doubted whether Isabel would ever be considered 'well-schooled' or if I would ever be brave enough to tackle beginner novice.

But it turns out I've been underestimating her all along. She rises to every occasion and continuously inspires me to go farther and try harder.

I feel so lucky to have found Isabel, and am excited to look forward to wherever the partnership might lead next!

15 comments:

  1. That is so amazing! I have loved reading about your journey with her even if I was late to the party. You guys seem to have an amazing partnership and I can't wait to see what you conquer next.

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  2. The two of you are a fabulous pair! You should be SO proud of how far you've come :)

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  3. I love reading about you guys, and I love how much you treat her like your own instead of just a lease horse!

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  4. Love it! And soon novice will be a walk in the park and you'll be eyeing training ;)

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  5. Wow! I didn't know it had been so long. You two are a great pair!

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  6. Happy anniversary. She's a good mare.

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  7. I'm so glad that you started blogging about all of your adventures with her. She couldn't have ended up with a better person leasing her, you take such great care of her. It's great to read about you guys advancing together.

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  8. :-) Glad you guys have so much fun together. The right partner is most of the battle of horsemanship.

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  9. You two are a great team. Your amazing progress really shows that you get out what you put in!

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  10. You guys are such a cool team! I love reading about your adventures and challenges

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  11. Congrats on 3 years! You two have come so far, I can't wait to see what's next!

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