Friday, February 15, 2013

Born To Run!

I had it in my plans to ride Miss Wind today, but as it always seems to do my plans didn't go exactly as planed. Technically riding Wind was the only thing that I didn't get to do today, hehehe. 

First thing I had to do today was go to campus(URI), on my day off, to help proctor an exam at 11am. So, I drive 45 minutes one way to school, hop on one of the shuttle buses and get to the lecture hall only to find out that the exam had been rescheduled to next week. Ugh, I drove all that way and wasted a 1/4 of a tank of gas for nothing. Oh well, back home I go. 

My Noseman, first time under saddle in quite a long time
I didn't get to ride Miss Wind today because I promised Nosey (my Quarter Horse Gelding, my first horse) that I would take him for a ride today. So, by the time I got all my barn chores done and rode Nosey, I was rapidly losing daylight. Though she didn't get to work under saddle, she did get to blow off some steam in the ring.
Yippie Mom opened the gate!!

Right after I got home from URI, I went and pulled off their blankets, since it was going up into the 50's today, and I let the two of them out into the ring to play! Their favorite thing to do!!!

They say you can take the girl out of the honky-tonk, but you can't take the honky-tonk out of the girl. Well, you can take the Thoroughbred off the race track, but you can't take the race track out of the Thoroughbred. Though Wind's been off the track since December 1, 2008, there are times that you would never know it. She was definitely Born To Run!

She LOVES it!! When she gets running, you best make sure you stay out of her way (I learned that the hard way last year, when she slammed into me going at least 35 mph and sent me flying. Not Fun!) The moment I opened the gate between the paddock and the ring, the two of them went flying down the hill and into the ring. Nosey chased her once around the ring before stoping to roll about 5 or 6 times in the snow, but did Miss Wind stop or even slow down?!?! NOPE. She just kept running and running, and bucking and rearing. She kept going for about a good 5 minutes before stopping for a minute to roll in the cold snow.

So, though I didn't get to ride her today, she did get to blow off some steam, and she got a nice grooming!  
Monkey see, Monkey do!
Synchronized rolling, and 1, 2, 3...up 
My Handsome Nosey Boy

My pretty Girl!!!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Time Blogger

My first post on my first blog, this must be the hardest post to write, where to begin, where to begin?!?!?! Well I suppose a good place to start is with an introduction. 

My name is Cassie, and this blog is about the adventures and happenings in the life of my mare Wind and I. Sharing out ups and our down, our progress in training, both forward and backwards, our adventures at competitions, whether  we are victorious or not, and anything else that will come along, like they always do when you live in a life with horses. 

So, a little about Miss Wind! Wind In The Forest, or Wind for short is a 2003 Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Mare. Wind was born on May 19, 2003 at Rojan Farms in New York. Wind is by Forest Camp, out of Even The Wind by Irish Tower. Her whole pedigree can be found here:
Baby Wind (1.5-2 years old)

Forest Camp (Wind's Sire)

Forest Camp (Wind is a spitting image of her papa)
Wind started a total of 27 times, earning a total of $97,434, she raced at every track in New York, but mostly she raced at Finger Lakes Racing Course. Wind's racing career ended on December 1, 2008 where she won by great lengths. Wind and I came together on February 1, 2008 where I payed a whopping $1.00 for her, and she was mine all mine!! 

It was Love at first sight <3

Wind and I have been through a lot the past 5 years, but our battles with training problems, injuries and lameness issues, have made us stronger as individuals and has made our bond stronger than ever.

Together Wind and I primarily train and compete in Eventing, but we are always game to try our "hoof" in any discipline that we come across. This year, we are really hoping to get back into the show ring, finances and training/health provided. So, I hope y'all will join Wind and I on our journey together, as we bond, grow, train and show.