I know the feeling well about missing a loved one...human and or pet. Yes my grand-daughter likes to show NSH.....which she has two of them right now ready to show.... Smooth Criminal....and Motley Krew (Rockstar) which are both English Pleasure Horses. But we don't pass on a good Arabian either. We had a few that she grew up on that were magnificent movers for the English Pleasure with natural gates. Both were Arabian only about 75 to 80 Egyptian....they had some polish in them to give them size. Before she came along and fell in love with the Arabians...I was a QH girl myself. Loved the barrels and gaming - over time my QH's disappeared and we are only left with Arabian, Half Arabian, NSH and a couple of paints.
I do have a 17.3 Half Arabian Draft that we are in the process of breaking. I started his ground work last year....he did some round penning and long lines for driving. However since he is huge and solid legs we are hoping to turn him into a jumper. I am not sure how that is going to work...he is a little on the lazy side. I will know more when I get back to Michigan this spring and get him back into training and under saddle. I do not do the saddle breaking any longer...that is how I blew out both my knees. Busted them both at the same time going through a fence. I am going to leave that up to the grand-daughter but I will be right there guiding her. It's always better with two set of eyes and a video camera to see what you are doing right or wrong. If I don't see the power in him spring...I will switch over to dressage and train him in that genera.
I got a bunch of photos the last couple of weeks...makes me want to get back. I so miss getting them cleaned up for spring. Clips, baths, trims, new shoes, shots, and back in a exercise routine. I will be down this year to only 8 horses...the smallest amount I have owned in 40 years. I took 6 horses out of boarding and bought my first farm back in 76 by the second year I had 11 and it only went on from there...at one time I housed 103 horses, ponies, and donkeys.
Now in my 70's and recovering from the knee surgery, and an accident shortly after that left my right leg shattered and broken in 17 different areas....I no longer am willing to test any horse let alone fresh ones. I do miss it but am smart enough to know it would be a no win situation. My goal is to loose another 50 lbs and get back to riding my old well broke beauties on a few trails and around the farm.