Friday, 18 November 2016

All the possibilities...

It has been three years since I brought home Shiraz! Starting with a baby is a long-term investment. So much is uncertain - what is this horse even going to look like grown up and what will their temperament be?

One of baby Shiraz's add pictures at 3 months of age.
In the fall of 2013, I brought home Shiraz, a 6-month-old thoroughbred/quarter horse/draft cross hand picked out of quite a large herd of babies. It was so hard to chose but the breeder did a fantastic job of listening to what I was looking for and steering me in the right direction in regards to temperament and potential.

Meeting her for the first time at the breeder's farm and sealing the deal!

Bringing home baby and settling her in to our little farm went smoothly. It was obvious immediately that she had a good mind and friendly personality. I set to work showing her the world, teaching manners and kept life safe and fun for her.

Fuzzy baby beast!
As a 1-year-old, training was kept short and simple with introduction of yielding, lunging and a saddle.

Once she was 2, I started getting on once in a while for short amounts of time, but mostly continued ground work. At this age Shiraz definitely started showing more spunk.

Testing out her wings.
This summer revealed quite a beautiful horse in the making. She finally reached 15 hands this spring and has continued growing.

Looking so grown up!
I am absolutely in love with her. Her personality is the best I have ever come across; laid back, smart and overflowing with a love for people.

First time out at an indoor arena - handling it like an old pro.
These past three years have been a struggle for my impatient side but we are finally here and it was so worth the wait!

My plans for 2017 with Shiraz includes starting lessons at a barn that is very well known for eventing...a new adventure is about to begin!


  1. she's looking so grown up now! can't wait to see how she develops!

    1. When I work with her it is hard to believe she is only three years old. Next year is going to be so awesome!

  2. Pooh what a grown up baby :)

    1. Yup! And its been worth the wait (and risk thank goodness!)

  3. It's so cool to see them grow up! Shiraz is so lovely and grown up looking now :) (and was a stinkin cute baby too!)

    1. She was definitely an adorable baby! Even though she has grown up so much, she still gives me that cute dumb baby look and melts my heart. :)

  4. Awwww, good girl! She's grown up so much