If you knew me when I lived in MI, you’ve seen all the pictures. Since I promised a picture post and haven’t delivered, here’s a little background on me from “back in the day.” I’m only 23 but it feels like.. well.. an old dude telling stories. I spent the day on Friday catching up with people connected to Black Dragon Farms (Friesians) and Avalon Farms (Andalusians.) It totally got me reminiscing. I used to be so serious about horses, and going places. I am so lucky to have worked with the trainers and breeders that supported me when I was in MI, and the new ones out here too.
Now my OTTB.
Love was settled in and I used her for lessons with an 8 year old kid at Oxbow not even a year off the track. Here we are popping over an x, looking good. We had some huge training set backs due to some naive mistakes I made with boarding choices. She was settled in to Oxbow for about 4 months before she had an aneurysm and passed, about 2 months after this photo was taken. She passed during our open house event as she was giving pony rides. It was really traumatic for me, after multiple things that year had thrown me into a huge depression, and I didn’t really get back into horses until Cello came along. It was a long road back to the horse world for me.
On a lighter note, here are some photos from my time at Avalon Andalusians. We were standing 5 studs at the time and had only one foal born that year. It was mostly a ground job (I only rode one stallion there once) but I was there for the breeding experience and loved it.
Random captions decided to disappear so this post is a mess.. but it took way long to make, and will take too long to update! Sorry for the sporadic-ness!
Cello & Dani