Friday, April 25, 2014

VCBH: Appreciating What You Have

The shot that completely encapsulates his personality
I'm terrible at blog hops, but this one from Viva Carlos really caught my attention.

Courage and I have been together for a while now, so it's high time I wrote up a list of things I appreciate about him.

1) He is always here to be the best. No matter what it is we're doing on a given day, he tries his hardest and wants to impress me.

Like a boss

Doesn't matter if that means going through the water for the first time...

He's a real draft horse

...or dressing up as a Budweiser Clydesdale for the Superbowl...

...or even getting decked out in a fly bonnet and evergreen garland for Christmas pictures!

Racing fit
 2) He is a ridiculously classy looking little horse, whether you're talking about when he was still on the track...

Sporthorse fat

...or just coming back into work this spring.

Back when he could deal with hind boots

3) He's quiet enough that I put stars on his ass the first time I ever clipped him.

4) He is a trotting machine! Here he's a couple weeks (at most) removed from the track...

...practicing at home this spring...

...and showing off his sweet moves after his first grown-up lesson of the year.

5. He's really easy to get along with, whether it's one on one...

Such a ham a group...

...or just hanging out. (Random Jaws incident aside).

6. He loves riding lessons.

Doesn't matter if it's on the flat...

...over the great wall of China in the middle of winter...

...or learning about ditches on a cross country adventure!

7. But at the end of the day, Courage is the one who makes me smile. He reminds me of the past, but is just bursting with hope for the future. Between his cocky self-assurance and his overly kissable nose, he keeps me focused on making it through each day.

I'm lucky to have the little man in my life.

PS Check out Hilary's contest at Equestrian at Hart


  1. I loved this... the pics are excellent, particularly being a Budweiser Clydesdale! You both are lucky indeed!

  2. I love the picture of him jumping the ditch with your trainer. He's trying so hard to do what you want, but is a little apprehensive, and has the "Are you sure about this?" ear fixed on your trainer. Awesome!

  3. Loved this! Courage is such an awesome horse! I'm so happy you and him found one another!

  4. He's so dang adorable! Not to mention, photogenic too :)

  5. Wonderful post. He is adorable! Love that picture of him getting ready to brave the water.

  6. Made me tear up - what a sweet post about your lovely boy! :)

  7. Thanks for joining. People have such wonderful things to write about their horses.

  8. He was such an amazing find for you, I'm so glad it all worked out, he's adorable!

  9. Courage is amazing and you are so lucky to have him!

  10. Love this post! Courage has always been one of my favorites.

  11. What a great horse! :)

  12. I love, love, LOVE that first picture! Like seriously I want to recreate it so I can have one of Chrome, but I have a feeling he won't be overly cooperative hehe. His won't be as good anyway because he doesn't have cute face markings like Courage. :)

    Great post! I really enjoyed this blog hop and I'm glad you joined in too. :)


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