Today is Dawn's 14th birthday! She's been part of our equine family for almost ten years - she was an OTTB and we got her when she was 4. She was a tiny thing when we got her - about 14.3 - and grew two more inches - she's now about 15.1. When we got her, she was a clumsy and ungainly thing - she had to wear bell boots on her front feet 24/7 so she didn't step on herself, and now she is graceful and athletic.
Dawn's personality is her own - she's by turns sweet and fierce (she's our mare alpha) - she'll rest her head on your shoulder for a hug but then try to bite you if you do something she doesn't like. She's amazingly sensitive and athletic and a real challenge to ride with care and finesse. She is my younger daughter's soul horse, but my daughter is now living and working and going to school in New York City, so Dawn and I are now together. She's been a real challenge to me, but she's a delight as well. Here are some of my favorite photos in honor of her birthday.
Curious, as always:
I love this picture - she's in mid bite and there's a grass stem sticking out of her mouth:
From one of our first work sessions together the year before last:
Her incredible athleticism from the winter before last:
Sweetly sleeping in the hay:
From our work last fall:
Her "alert" expression:
Last winter - one foot on the ground and a snow mustache:
The black velvet nose:
Happy birthday to a wonderful and much-loved mare!