I put a down payment on Emi when she was 3 days old and in a lot of ways it was daunting to think of all of the things she would need to learn in the coming years. Haltering, leading, tying, loading, hauling, having her feet handled, clipping and so many other "first". At the same time, the first 3 years were very low pressure. We spent a lot of time hanging out...trying not to take it too fast. Have there been frustrating days? Have there been some bumps in the road? Yes.
|Bump #1 - Impaction colic. Poor baby.|
The fact that she's not quite 4 and we already have "history" together.
I know what she knows! There aren't those surprises where you realize something you assumed they know...they didn't. I also know her flaws. There are two things that come to mind as "quirks." She won't back out of a step up trailer. As in, will not. It stresses her out (there's no ground down there) and it wasn't worth the struggle. She's small enough and quite polite in the trailer so we just turn around. The second has been clipping. It's coming along but I do still have to twitch her to clip her bridle path.
I was very fortunate to get a horse with a good brain and I'd like to think that's due to her breeding. I had followed Cardi and his offspring for quite some time before I got Emi. Would I do it again? Yes! Did I "save" money? No, I'm sure I didn't. Am I happy with where we have ended up? Yes.