…and I realized I should post an update. Jasper is doing great. We moved to a new facility in July, but I am moving again to a location 20 minutes from me which I am excited about. Jasper had a hard time moving to the new facility we are currently at and it took a good month and a half for him to settle in. He’s doing well now, but I was still stuck with the long drive to get out to see him. Here he is during a full body clip, his first. Cool nights caused Jasper to grow his winter coat early. With a sudden heat wave and 100 degree days, the poor fella was sweltering. He was a trooper despite the fact it took close to two hours and we went through 2 clippers!!!  Having a bucket of grain to keep his mind occupied didn’t hurt either!

Is that food?

Is that food?

 

Pile of Jasper

Pile of Jasper

Freshly Clipped and shiny Jasper

Freshly Clipped and shiny Jasper

Good grief, I have not posted in awhile so I thought I would give an update on Jasper. He’s been in training for about 5 months now. We’ve had some ups and downs but things are definitely on track now and he is doing well.  I’ve started lightly riding him myself and he has been great. He is filling out nicely and is in much better shape than when we started. He turned 4 last week. I cannot believe it, time has flown. He certainly has turned into one stunning looking horse and a sweet one to boot. Everyone at the ranch just loves him, it’s really quite comical. Oh, but can he be stubborn. Anyone of you Parelli-ites with a left brained introvert horse knows what I mean! But his spirit is what I love about him, too. Here are some recent shots with his trainer riding him.

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Actually, we’ve been back for awhile, but like everything I am behind on updating. Aiken, South Carolina was really nice. This is the Willcox hotel, where we stayed. It was really beautiful and the rooms were so cute, complete with a 4 poster bed!

The Willcox

The Willcox

Wow, we could not believe the properties we could get for the price! Our realtor was top notch! When we arrived at the Willcox, there was a welcome packet waiting for us and an intinerary of our next couple days of viewing homes. Our first day, we viewed NINE properties! We narrowed it down to 3 that we liked. My personal favorite was this one: Check out this pasture – ahh!

Pasturepolooza!

Pasturepolooza!

Oh yeah, the house and barn were nice, too – lol
 The Barn

The Barn

 Oh wow, compared to California, these places made my head hurt! And this place is going for a song because it is bank owned. Okay, it needs some work, but – those pastures – ahhhhh!

Actually moving would be tough when we actually thought about it. This canuck has gotten a little used to the California lifestyle. Can you blame me? I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Which, of course, is why it is so fabulously expensive! So we are still continuing the search, but Aiken was sure an eye opener. One day, I WILL be looking out my bedroom window and waving to Jasper!

Happy New Year to all my blogging horsey buddies!!!

I’m looking forward to what this year has in store. Yes, the economy is tanking, but I still have a smile on my face (and I’ve stopped reading the newspaper!) My husband and I have been thinking about a change for awhile now. I love California but it is getting ridiculously expensive to live here. And since we both run our own businesses from home, with no kidlets, we can transplant fairly easily. So next week we are heading on a short trip to Aiken, South Carolina to check out real estate. If you haven’t heard of Aiken (no relation to Clay), it is MAJOR horse country. 
Some interesting things about Aiken:

  • It’s located between Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, SC
  • It is home to polo events, steeplechasing, fox hunting and every other discipline you can think of!
  • Hitchcock Woods is just outside of downtown, it is the largest urban forest in the United States. This nearly 2,100-acre longleaf pine forest has 65 miles of marked trails available to hikers, runners, equestrians, and carriage drivers. And has 130 jumps throughout the trails.

Owning a home with some acreage and a barn and pastures would be a dream come true. Looking out my window and seeing Jasper frolicking in a pasture would truly be wonderful. And he would of course have to have some friends…

If anyone knows lives in the area or has some insights, I would love to hear them!

Me riding Jasper


Things were progressing nicely with Jasper in the smaller indoor arena so Debbie decided to try the outdoor arena. After lunging him and walking him around the various jumps and obstacles, she rode him. Here he is walking.

And here he is first time trotting outside. I am amazed at how sensible about everything he is being!


I’m a little behind with my posts, we’re on week 5 and I’m posting week 3! So here goes. It’s amazing to see the progression on video clips! In this clip, you can see Jasper’s walk is much less stiff and unsure after a week of Debbie working with him.

And here he is trotting! Yeah! And Debbie said it is smooth, too! And yes, that is his breath you see, it has been brr cold here in California! I love how he glances at me as he’s trotting by like ‘hey mom, look at ME!’ What a good boy!