My last Hollywood Vic update included Halloween photos, so I know it has been too long!
Here we are in January, one month away from a very special anniversary for my Hollywood Vic and I..one year on February 10th. He is bigger, stronger, sweeter (if that is possible) and into his 5th year of life!
Since our last update, we have had many lessons with Elizabeth on Sunday mornings and have made amazing progress. Every time we ride now, we go in the woods after our arena workout. We have jumped some of the (small) logs with no problem. “Hollywood” did fine, I may need some work on form..but he is willing and always does what I ask.
We made so much progress that in December we went on our first “solo” trail ride, just the two of us! What fun. I could tell he was a little confused at first, “Where are all of my horse friends?” “Mom, you mean I have to be the leader?” He adjusted, we had a blast. I love riding with all the friends at Bits & Bytes Farm but that one on one time is very special for us. A great way to clear the cobwebs from your brain!
The last half of December I had the cold that would not go away. I went about eight days without riding him. I was concerned that he would act up or we would not be in sync again for a while. I was wrong! He did not miss a beat and I was stronger than ever. I concluded that the involuntary break was good for both of us. What a Trooper my horse is!!
Hollywood Vic has an interesting little idiosyncrasy , every time we ride when we stop to rest or socialize with everyone, he bends his head around to the left and licks my boot! I take it to mean, Hi Mom, just checking on ya! I am not sure. Has anyone else out there had their horse lick their boot in this manner? I would love to hear from you.
Hollywood Vic and “Bubba” (Lynn’s Vision) are now in a small paddock in the front of the barn while their pasture grows more grass and when I drive up Hollywood runs to the gate! I LOVE IT! I would love to think he loves me that much, but I am certain he and “Bubba” both know I have always have carrots!
A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to find his racing videos on the Equineline website. That is totally worth the few dollars I paid to view! The video is small..but what fun to see my boy in action!
Ok, so he did not win any of his races..who cares?
My family makes fun of me because I watch them over and over and over: I hear; “Oh Mom, are you watching that horse again?”
My husband asked me if I kept watching hoping hoping he would win!