Thursday, March 24, 2016

3 Year Anniversary

Three years ago today I loaded a certain ornery old red mare into a trailer and hauled her [with the help of friends] nearly 1,000km to her "forever" home. I had met her over three years prior when I had volunteered at an Equine Rescue which was run by a woman I had met about eight years before that.

There were many carrots to be had today.

It had always been a standing joke between Emmy and I that Suzie would just show up at my front door one day, as Emmy was more than willing to rehome her to me. It took almost three years for me to jump at the chance (broke high school graduate...), but I will forever be glad I did.

I didn't know it then, but this mare has truly stolen my heart, especially after losing so many horses I had grown to love and bonded with. We've had our fair share of bumps in the road, and I'll be the first to admit that age is but just a number with her. She has taught me immeasurable amounts of life lessons and I will always be grateful.

We've done a lot of cool things for the last three years. And we've come a long way since our first ride.

We've given riding lessons to my niece.

We've walked, jogged and loped bridleless!

We've played at a kid's playground.

We've jumped.

We showed in Reining and Trail!

We gave my nephew one of his first rides.

We've posed for countless conformation photos.

We went to a Trail clinic.

We've trail ridden.

We've been in the Canada Day parade.

We've competed in Dressage.

We were given a beautiful Dressage bridle!

We've given riding lessons.

We've posed for hilarious Christmas photos.

We've done a Reining clinic.

We've prepped for horse shows.

We've competed in the Hunter ring...

And we WON some serious satin in those Hunter classes!

We've competed in Halter - and won.

We competed in a AQHA sanctioned show - and won 3rd All Around
and have a certificate to prove it!

We competed in Showmanship.

We've recreated famous photos.

We've lost and loved.
So thank you, sassy red-mare, for being in my life.

As a sidenote, I'd like to think that when the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a chestnut mare" was coined, whoever wrote it was thinking of Suzie.


  1. Happy horse-aversary! What a good girl Suzie is, you two are a great team :)

  2. Love this so much. Happy Horse-iversary!

  3. Aw so sweet! Here's to many more years and adventures together!

    1. Thank you! I look forward to our new adventures!

  4. Happy Anniversary, you two! Love your ode to Suzie :)

  5. <3 <3 <3 Happy Horse-iversary!

  6. So many amazing photos and so many more to come!

  7. Happy Anniversary! You were meant to be together.

  8. Happy anniversary from one red-headed mare lover to another!