Once upon a time, there was a long yearling brought home in a stock trailer in February 1995. The mother had lied and said it was furniture, forcing a young 15 year old to stay up way past her self -imposed bedtime to see this furniture. Even enlisting the brother to ensure she stayed up despite needing to be awake at 5a to catch the schoolbus. Turns out, furniture was actually a 1.5yr old stud colt. I always considered him my belated Valentines day present. Would you like to take a photo journey? Be warned, photos of photos coming so lots of quality has been lost to make this post.
|Picture from the next afternoon, Feb 1995|
|1995, recently gelded|
Sometime in late 1996, there was a big argument at the step-grandparents farm where we lived and I had to start boarding. I rode him the 3 miles to the new barn where he stayed for about 7 months until I realized the old man was hitting horses with a 2x4 to make them stay back when he was feeding. That was my first foray into working at a barn and there are a lot of not so great stories from there.
|1996 or 1997|
|1997 or 1998|
With age comes wisdom and I ended up finding some really good barns as well. I ended up switching from western/trail/barrel racing to english because that is what my new friends did. I had outgrown my tiny 14 inch western saddle anyway and had been riding bareback for the past 1-2 years so it worked out.
|App had his very first ever show and got 2nd place in dressage|
|He then earned a 1st place at his 2nd ever show|
App was partial leased from approximately 2003 - 2008, at that point he required to be ridden 6 days a week in order to be productive and my time was getting less. He loved it. He was ridden 6-7 days a week until he had his spiral fracture in his front leg at the age of 16. Thankfully, he was in such great shape that the vet said App had the bone growth of a 10 year old and App fully recovered with 6 months of stall rest.
|Relaxing in MI 2013|
From there we competed at BN and N only out of the abundance of concern and moved to MI where he eventually became a lesson horse and you have read our journey from there.
|Nom nom grass|
|This 25 year old certainly doesn't look 25!|
|Happy 25th birthday you goofball!|
|The bestest horse|
Here's to many more years App, happy 25th birthday. We have spent over 60% of my life together and I hope we make it many more years. Happy Birthday!!