I started her the spring of her three-year-old year, and took her in to some of the same 4H shows that I now take Kate to.
Second day in the English saddle, first day over fences, and she won this walk-trot, 18 inch cross rail class (as well as the green walk-trot pleasure class). First cross rail we tried in the warm-up arena, she banged her toe; never touched another rail the rest of the day!
Kate was Zoey's first foal. She snuck in sometime between my 9:00 bed check, and my 12:00 AM visit. Zoe was a good momma, though less protective than Misty. All three of her babies have ended up being pretty independent souls.Then came Lindy Hop, who was really nicely built. She sold as a yearling to be a dressage prospect. (This was unusual, I thought: if I can't sell them when they're still "baby-cute" I figure I've got them until they are started under saddle. And Lindy had no spots!) And then little miss Amy (Amber Arabesque), who will possibly be this year's project horse.
But reality in the horse breeding business was such that I did not breed Zoe back after Amy was foaled. And because she was still young, broke, big, and dun (all pluses for prospective sales), I decided to put her on the market with the young fillies. I hadn't so much as been on her since she started making babies, so it was time for a tune-up.
A buyer from north of Spokane was impressed with these photos, but had to figure out an excuse to come see Zoe--she was buying her for her husband, as a surprise birthday present! How do you leave the house with an empty horse trailer, without a few questions being asked?
When she got here, she was in a bit of a rush to beat sunset, and, because we didn't take our time, Zoe threw a bit of a snit--bucking across the arena. But I lunged her a few more minutes, then climbed on board and she was her usual well-behaved self. C tried her out, handed me a certified check (that's how sure she was that she wanted Zoe), loaded her, and headed for home.
She got home after sunset, but the dark couldn't hide the J's joy as he first met Zoe!