Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Far, So Good

Today dawned sunny and breezy which is a great improvement over the past few days which have been wet and windy.  The pasture still has big patches of mud which are, apparently, irresistible.


I see a bath in Jackson's very near future. 

Liz, our body work/saddle fit/acupressure/massage/nutritionist, came up this morning to evaluate Winston.  We took him into the arena so she could watch him walk and then we stayed there for the workup.  It was comfortable in the sun but the wind was blowing and it was cold in the barn.  We opted for working where it was warm.  Winston wasn't sure about the whole poking and prodding thing but he quickly caught on and started leaning into the massage.


Liz didn't find anything significant.  He had some soreness here and there, consistent with his work as a jumper.  She declared him very cute with a three year old butt.  He's a bit croup high at this point with some growing still to do.  After she finished working on him, we pulled out my saddle so she could evaluate the fit.  Winston wasn't thrilled to see the saddle but didn't give me a hard time about setting it on his back.  I think he just wanted a nap after his massage.


The saddle fits him fine.  Phew!  I'll need to have it adjusted every six months or so as he grows and changes, but it is wide enough that it should work for the long haul. 

I walked Winston around a bit when Liz finished and then we posed for pictures.  The wind was blowing my hair every-which-way so I look kind of frightening but Winston looks mighty handsome so just focus on him. 



Check out his new halter.  It's perfect, I think.  It's amazing how much I've bonded with this horse in just a week.  We have a great partnership ahead of us.  I can feel it.  I'm glad I went with my gut and the instant click I felt when I first met Winston.  It's just getting stronger each day. 


13 comments:

  1. he really is a beauty! i love that he's so responsive to you. and yay that the saddle fits! :)

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  2. You both look chilled together! think your gut was right!

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  3. Oh gosh, he is so cute. I love the new halter, too.

    It is plain see that Winston makes Annette very, very happy!

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  4. He is gorgeous !! I have to say "Congrats" that the saddle fits =)

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  5. You and Winston are beautious! As for Jackson...I think he and Abbe would make a PERFECT couple.

    I'm so glad you found yourself such a sweet partner.

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  6. He has a nice eye, and he's VERY handsome! Growing? Uh oh. ;)

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  7. I like both of your forelocks. They look identical.

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  8. So glad your gut feeling told you what to do and that the bond is getting stronger. This is great. I love the way the halter plays up his wonderful coloring. Great pictures of both of you.

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  9. Ahhh you make such a cute pair!

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  10. PS - I forgot to say how great it is that your saddle fits!

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  11. He is so gorgeous! And I love his new halter. :D I'm glad his "check-up" went well. Looking forward to reading more about him.

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