Here HE is giving me a hug the way that horses do. He's still sweeter than ever. Easy to handle. A nice animal and a good soul. He likes to nip and play. He's a colt - so he has a ferocious kick now. And in a few months - he could be a stud if we let him. He likes it when I rub his ears and his forehead. Today when we got to the pasture, he ran around and around with his buddies and got all sweaty. We just watched them and enjoyed their youthful exhuberance. I think that he did not recognize me for a little while. We sat on the fence and the dog ran up and down and they would come to a stop, check out the people sitting on the fence, then tear off again to the far corner of the pasture. Then they would come back a few minutes later. They did this three of four times and then I hopped down in the pasture and started walking towards Bright. He started - darted away - then quickly came back. Then all of a sudden - he got this look of recognition and he walked right up to me and bumped me. The way your cat does when he says Hi. It took him a little while but then it was like we were old buddies and he followed me around. I hadn't seen him in over two months and was so impressed by his growth. He had filled out considerably. Big bones. Not ribby any more. His coat is deep chestnut. His mane flies in the wind. He looks like a horse. A really beautiful handsome colt. Thats what he is.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE THREE AMIGOS WILL GO FROM HERE WITH THEIR CAREERS AND LIVES, BUT FOR THE FIRST 20 MONTH, THEY WERE THE BEST OF PALS. IN WINDS, RAIN, COLD AND HEAT, THEY HORSED AROUND AND HUDDLED TOGETHER WHILE THEY GREW UP TO BE RUNNERS. BRIGHT IS IN THE MIDDLE - HE IS ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE WHEN HE RUNS. THATS JUST HIS STYLE.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:52 PM
Here I am leading Bright Journey. I am just a hair shy of 5 foot 6 with shoes on. Brights back is as tall as me. That means he's 16.1 hands tall and he is still growing!! He's got tremendous bone on his front legs, a well balance neck, and handsome head. He has nice round feet, and croup that is slightly higher than his withers, and a fantastic gaskin. He has long legs and good stride. He is built like a rachorse should be built.
One of the very nicest things about Bright is how well he handles. For a horse that has been in pasture all his life, he is very agreeable. He let me pick up his feet, and run him all over. I rubbed his ears, his forehead, his belly. He will let you do anything you like to him. And, he follows. Not perfectly well, but he is willing. He has such a nice disposition. I could not ask for anything more. He's really the complete package.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:44 PM
The Pasture where Bright lives is a glorious patch of verdant land. It has allowed him to grow up big and strong. The weather has been fair, but the days are getting shorter now. This weekend was the last weekend that Bright would get to frolic. A new crop of baby colts needs the pasture and Bright has to graduate to the training barn. Anita and Shaun have been wonderful to Bright - keeping an eye on him to make sure he stays out of trouble. The pasture is right out there backyard and they can look out from time to time to see him horsing around. Bright has been so blessed to grow up a Legacy and in such a temperate and lovely place. He's had a good start.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:31 PM
Bright is 20 months now. He's not a baby anymore. I would say that he is about 16 hands and close to a 1000 pounds. This weekend was his last weekend with his buddies in the pasture. He started with 8 colts and only 3 are left. The rest of them have started training. Next week - his two other buddies will go into the barn to start their training. So - thats it. He's at the age where its time to put a saddle on him and bit in his mouth and give him a job.
Posted by Jennifer Hagan at 5:26 PM