In the latest installment of Beka's blog hop series, she says:
Let's share our favorite photos of our stud muffins. No limit.
Okay, so you can't really tell me there's no limit, as I will post ALL THE PHOTOS. ;) I'm rehashing some old, old faves here that a lot of current blog followers might have never seen, along with some newer ones. I have many favorites that I've repeat-posted recently, so I didn't include those here.
|Working at liberty in the arena of the FL barn|
Sometime in early 2012
|A very pretty headshot I got of her during one of our expeditions to Wolf Lake in Davie, FL.|
|At the clinic that changed the way I rode her in Stuart, FL, March 2012.|
|I've never posted this one on the blog. Lily and me after the dressage clinic.|
Photo by Cheri Prill of Stunning Steeds Photography. If you are in FL and you want professional photos of you and your horse, I HIGHLY recommend Cheri! She takes GORGEOUS equestrian photographs!
|When I first roached her mane.|
|We didn't return until a year later and Lily didn't remember her previous water exposure. This was summer of 2012: she was completely intimidated by the water until I simply led her in. She hated the bait fish nibbling at the long hairs on her legs!|
|We tacked up for a trail ride and I later just rode Lily partially into the water without untacking. (Only the fenders got wet.) This was while I was was saddle-less waiting for my Alta to arrive (it took 5 MONTHS...custom-made in Spain, that saddle). My friend Diana let me borrow her Abetta Western to toodle with in the meantime, since it fit Lily.|
Also at Wolf Lake, summer 2012.
|Treetops Park in Davie, FL.|
All of us from the barn trailered there for a day of trail riding and BBQ. It was awesome!
|Such a pretty girl.|
Yes. January in a tank top. It was hot.
|One of our first rides in the Alta after its arrival.|
Coconut Creek, FL
|First time seeing her since I shipped her North from FL when we moved. She arrived in MD 5 days before we did. It was the longest I'd ever been without seeing her.|
|Shortly after arriving in MD in November 2012, taking her out for hand grazing to get her acclimated to the lush grass up here.|
|Sweet girl. During one of our first hikes on the trails together. Winter 2012.|
|I love this photo. It was my FB cover photo for a long time.|
|Warm-up on the longe.|
|Encouraging her to stretch.|
|In the indoor at the first MD barn.|
|Indoor at the first MD barn during Lily's rehab from her annular ligament injury.|
Early summer 2013
|First trot sets during rehab. I started taking her out into the fields for it because I was DONE with riding in the arenas.|
|First time on the lake trail|
|Riding in the neighbor's indoor|
Winter; early 2014
|Same ride. I love this photo.|
|Charles has a tremendous eye when it comes to taking photos.|
|Charles hiked the trails of the park across the street with me to take pics.|
This one was my blogger header for a long time too.
Early winter 2013.
|Spooking at Charles. Dork!|
|Nice forward trot on the trail.|
Beach ride on the Chesapeake
At the Agricultural History Farm Park.
At the Old Dominion 50 mile endurance ride. Photo by Mike Turner.
|When we completed at the Old Dominion. Our expressions match!|
Photo by Dom
My fave ride photo to date.
At the Fort Valley 50 mile endurance ride. October 2014
|First photo I took of her. What a difference!!|
|First photo of me riding her. Taken by Charles a couple of weeks after I'd started working with her.|
|First ride up and down the driveway.|
|She had been taking a nap out in the pasture. She woke up when I approached her but just stayed there, curled up on the ground. She let me sit with her, put my forehead to hers, and take this photo. And she still stayed.|
Never shared this one on the blog.
|First photo of our shadows.|
|Silly mare face.|
|So nosy. Peering into the run-in shed feed room while I was setting up grain.|
|Marefaces in the dry lot together.|
|Among the first ears photos of her.|
|Lily: "Are you my sister?"|
|Charles's first trail ride on G-Mare.|
|The first time she recognized my car and came to the gate when I parked.|
|With the two girls.|
|They walked from all the way across the field to say hi. I love this one because at the end of the day, after having been ridden, they still wanted to hang out.|
|Stark contrast to the mare she was when I took my first photo of her, in weight, condition and demeanor!|
|She is a clown.|
|Looking fierce. Still from the same video that I got the photo in the side bar.|
|Her glorious ombre mane|
|Gaiting in the back field at Kathy's|
|Like I said: NOSY|