We had so much fun attending our first Gymkhana over the weekend to cheer on Jamie, Nihmh’s breeder! I had been to horse events in the past, but had never been to a Western Gymkhana before, so it was exciting to learn about a new sport and imagine ourselves running out there on our own horses eventually. Now that we’re officially treating my Valley Fever, we have high hopes that I’ll be able to get out there with the horses more often.
I’ve been making more of an effort to spend time with my horses, especially my most recently adopted Mustang, Spirit, who came from the Centennial HMA in California. She’s been my most wild horse and has already been teaching me quite a few lessons. In the short time I’ve been working with her, I can see glimpses of my mare, Eternity, who I lost to colic back in 2012. In 2016, I adopted a little Mustang gelding… but there’s something about mares that just really resonates with my heart. I’m genuinely happy to have my filly again and am looking forward to many adventures to come.
I’m also so proud of my little Shepherd who performed wonderfully in a new environment surrounded by large horses. We also only had narrow bleachers to sit on and despite slipping once or twice on the dewy seats, Nihmh was a true rockstar. I’m so relieved Jamie is so proud of the kind of dog Nihmh is becoming because it just goes to show our hard work and dedication is really paying off. Reconnecting with Jamie also helped me understand Nihmh’s breed a little bit more and realize that shyness and sensitivity is a part of her breed and that she’s actually doing extremely well.
We also met a couple that lives in Springville on over one thousand acres–not counting the eight hundred plus acres they lease from the BLM! We’re super excited because it means we have an awesome option for future trail rides when we start our horses under saddle. Jamie’s always taking Nihmh’s parents out on her trail rides, so I am confident that Nihmh will make an excellent trail dog. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a wonderful, healthy 2018!