This post is brought to you upon inspiration from my new old ugly horse trailer. Yes, I’m serious.
My husband came home with my new trailer about a week ago. He has always known I’d like to have a three Horse with a small tack area, and a nose cone I could put an air mattress in and sleep. And here it is! I have to laugh because he kept telling me how old and ugly it was before he brought it home. He said he wanted to prepare me for what I was actually getting and not some built up image in my mind.
Which brings me to my point. The value of something is individual to ones perception. For example my husband thought I may be a little disappointed with my new trailer. When in fact, I am so completely happy. It is exactly what I hoped for. Sure it needs a door latch instead of the bungee cord that is in place now, and the back doors need put back on, and two boards need replaced. BUT I HAVE A HORSE TRAILER I ALWAYS WANTED!!!!!
I had a friend once tell me that I’m “always just so dang thankful!” And I’m happy that I have this outlook, because as Cliche as it may seem, I am thankful….for everything in my life. So don’t let someone make you feel bad for seeing the value of something in your own life that may not shine to others.
A mutt dog isn’t worth less than a pedigree pooch.
A state university education isn’t any more valuable than a hard knocks university education.
A suit and tie doesn’t mean more power than jeans and boots.
And an old paint peeled three Horse with a bungee cord door latch isn’t any worse than a brand new aluminum.
You yourself can only determine the value of something …..
Flash waiting for her brush out.
Miss Flash celebrated her one year anniversary of being with us on the HK Bar by falling asleep 😴 wearing her all too big halter. In the Spring our girl will be two! Can you believe that? I barely can!
Flash has come so far this past year. She attended several horse shows and actually will receive a year end award through our show circuit in two and under halter! She stands quietly, picks up all four feet, stands to be groomed, and seeks me out for scratches. She is a dream for the farrier and is complimented for her mind and build by him. ( And he does not hand out the compliments easily!). Flash is a pro at trailering and a quiet presence at horse shows. Absolutely nothing phases this girl!
I have been so blessed over the past year to work with such an amazing animal. I am very excited for our future! She’s going to be a good one!
Flinthillspaintedlady aka Flash has been featured in this month’s issue of the Paint Horse Journal! She continues to make leaps and bounds in her training. She has successfully showed in eight horse shows. And even is in the placing in halter. I couldn’t be more pleased with her.
On Flash’s 185th day on the HK Bar we celebrated OFF the HK Bar, at Topeka Expo Center! It was Flash’s very first show. She showed in paint/pinto halter as well as Horse, 2 years and under. We placed second place under both judges in Horse 2 and under. Wahoo!
Flash and I in a HUGE paint/pinto class. Over 12 entries!
Flash and I taking a selfie after halter classes
Flash was a rock star from the beginning of her bath. All the way through trailering and prepping for the show once we were there. I kept wondering when we would bobble. She acted like a well seasoned show horse! (Except we don’t know how to square up yet). I was truly amazed at how well she did. Especially at an indoor arena she has never seen! There was so much going on in the expo center, as well as a fair going on next door!
Flash asleep at the trailer after her classes. Nothing fazed her, not even the loud fair going on behind her.
Just another testament to the quality of horses the Double J out of Eskridge Kansas is producing. Great job J.D. and Jana Dreasher!
I have had such a wonderful experience with Flash. From learning to cross puddles, load in a trailer with confidence, and now on to a show career! I look forward to decades more summers of shows, with her as my partner!
About a month ago we had our kickoff for our horse show circuit. It was a general meeting and open arena. I was very excited about taking Flash to get her some experience. And then she wouldn’t load on the trailer. She absolutely refused. So since then I have been working with her.
Today she hopped right in like a pro. I loaded her bestie , Grace, and also used a bit of grain to tempt her with. She did very well getting on and off the trailer a half dozen times. Then she was groomed and fly sprayed along with Grace. Wow was I excited!
A very proud moment for me and Flash.
Flash and Grace
Ibam so proud of her. Now we will be doing this loading in the trailer daily for the next few weeks. Our first show is May 29tj and it looks like Flash will be aboard!
My dear Flash is growing….and growing…and still growing! If you see in the picture above we have nice tightly strung six strand barbed wire fence. The top strand is just above the tip of Flash’s ear. Today I had taken her and put her in the “big horse pasture”. The one where Jo, Katelyn, and Romeo are pastured. (Jo is currently out for training.) I have put Flash in with Katelyn and Romeo the past few days to socialize and to be able to run wide open easier, as thier pasture is bigger. All had been going well……until today…..
Remember that nicely strung six foot fence? Flash decided she wanted to get back to her best friend, Grace, whom was in the smaller pen. My husband and I watched in fascinated horror as she took a beautiful, graceful, flying leap over said fence. When her four feet hit the ground on the other side, not a hair out of place, she trotted over to the fence by Grace. After my moment of shock and horror and checking her over to see she had no injury, I said to my husband, ” I’ll be damned! That was incredible! She’s a yearling and just cleared that fence from a standing position… “. I have to admit I was a bit proud. And what a beautiful jump!! My husband looked at me like I’d lost my damn mind and said, ” Yeah, this should be fun! A horse that jumps five foot fences. Just think what she will be like in a year when shes bigger!” I just smiled and said, “I know! Isn’t she talented!?” He shook his head and walked away.
I get it! She could have been torn to ribbons if she hadn’t cleared it. So many things could have gone wrong. But they didn’t, she just wanted to get back to her little bestie, Grace. And she cleared that fence as if she was a seasoned eventer. There was no hesitation! It was a clean, calculated move.
So maybe I have an eventer on my hands…..at best she has natural talent, at worst she is so deeply attached to her mini friend Grace, I may have to haul both together…. Forevor lol…..
This girl had her first carrier visit on Friday. She was not in need of a trim, but our Farrier, Cal, picked her feet up and gave me a few pointers on how to work with her on her feet.
He gave me a great tip everyone should know! Instead of holding the foot at the joint, hold it by the tip of the hoof. This way it isn’t as easy for the horse to get leverage and pull away. It also prevents them from smashing thier foot down awkwardly trying to pull away. I have been working with horses for years and didn’t know this trick. It just goes to show there is always something new to learn!!!
Flash continues to love her short walks around the farm as well as all those love scratches. She is very well balanced both mind and body. I could not ask for a better filly. She is going to be a great partner in the future.
So that’s what we have been up to, reaching out goals, and letting ourselves just go with the flow. Babies have so much time to learn, and like I’ve been told by many a wise horseman, you have to give them time to figure out how to just be a horse first!
Until next time!