In the meantime, I'm getting to spend some time with my old friends. The Girl took these pictures before she went back south. I love these horses.
|The elder statesman.|
|He always has a look of kind intelligence, and I love his pointy ears.|
We've had Grayson forever, too. Mom bought him when she wanted a horse to move up on. He's an OTTB, but unfortunately he fulfills many of the negative stereotypes of OTTBs. He's hot, nervous, unpredictable, and aloof. Mom sent him to a wonderful professional in the area, and she did the best she could with him, but determined that he's afraid of jumping. I'm guessing he was introduced to it poorly before we got him, or that he had a bad crash that ruined his nerve. It's rare to find a thoroughbred who can't figure it out, but he just really hated it. He doesn't have the movement or carriage for dressage, and ultimately, Mom wanted to event. She wound up getting another thoroughbred named Tucker (again, I'll have to go searching for pictures - he died several years ago).
|Doing the typical grey horse "look how gross I can get!" thing.|
|He looks sweeter here than he is.|
|"Wanna go play shuffleboard?"|
|World's greatest mane?|
|Supermodel of the world.|
TJ is a Kentucky Mountain Horse, and he's also about 17hh, which is unusual. He's gaited - something new to me. His running walk is pretty comfortable, but his balance is terrible and he's like riding two people in a horse costume. He's not very sure-footed, and he's quite spooky, which isn't a great combination. His saving grace is his winning personality. He really is the world's sweetest horse. He's kind of useless as a sport horse and very nervous for a trail horse. TJ is also not the easiest horse to handle on the ground, given his size and nerves. I worked very hard on that when I had him in Florida, but if he isn't handled daily he just goes right back to his old ways. Since my mom works all the time, he's kind of become a pasture ornament, but at least he's adorable.
Then, of course, there's the adorable Rocket, about whom y'all know pretty much everything already.
|A lady on the move.|