October 28, 2006 - Ashland Farm Haunted Hunter Pace photos
Artic Vic, No Shrinking Violet and Miss With Atitude - October 28, 2006
All three horses ( Artic Vic aka "Phillip", Miss with Attitude aka "Pooky", No Shrinking Violet aka Nellie and) did really well, especially for being in a new place doing new things with lots of new horses.
Artic Vic and No Shrinking Violet - Two of our 25 Special Horses.
June 6, 2006
Just wanted to let you know that Phillip aka Artic Vic has completely recovered from his minor lameness and was able to go to his first show this past weekend. It was a schooling show and the goal of this show was just to introduce Phillip to the dressage arena and the general show atmosphere. Jenny and Phillip were both a little nervous but everything went just fine. Phillip placed fifth in his very first test. We were all very pleased with that. I am sending a few pictures. Phillip is very responsive to Jennifer, he is so eager to please. Jenny wanted me to relay this story.
When Jennifer started to jump Phillip in the field she was having difficulty convincing him that she wanted him to actually jump the jumps. Trying to keep to low jumps until he understood wasn't working because being as tall as he is he would just trot over them. So Jennifer turned him towards one of the higher jumps in the field. Phillip came to a complete stop in front of the jump. He looked at it and then as if to say, "I can solve this problem." he took his front leg, knocked the poles off of the standard and proceeded through. Jennifer thought that "It was sooo cute!!!" She wanted me to relay the story to you. Jennifer has hopes that Phillip will make a great cross country horse one day.
We will wait until the weather cools a bit, but the next schooling show Jennifer attends will be to introduce Phillip to stadium jumping. I' be sure to update you when that happens.
February 4, 2006
Artic Vic and his mom Jennifer. February 3, 2006
I did finally remember to bring my camera and take a few updated pictures of "Phillip" (Artic Vic) and Jennifer. Her saddle hasn't come in yet and the one she was using is a bit on the small side but the pictures came out ok. I'll send more next month from the show.
February 1, 2006
I have been thinking about sending more photos. I just keep forgetting the camera. Our schedule has become very full since Jennifer has gotten Vic.
She rides nearly everyday after school. She is absolutely in love. Vic is is doing great. He has such an easygoing personality that he fit right in with the herd at our barn. He loves the attention Jennifer gives him and comes right up to her when she goes out to the field to get him. I think it is so cute to watch them.
Vic is very curious about everything and he catches on very quickly. Jennifer has him cantering under saddle now. He is improving. He gets the right lead most times now. Still has a little trouble with transitions. Jen has started walk/trot in the open field with him the past week and a half and he does very well.
Artic Vic in an open field with his young mom Jennifer. February 3, 2006
Jennifer will be taking him to his first show in March. They will do an introductory level test and walk the cross country course. The idea is to give him the experience of being at a show and asking him to do something easy.
They are still trying to find the right bit for him. We have tried different tack and have decided which would be best for both horse and rider. It should be delivered this week.
I must say, the one thing most striking about this particular animal is his love of attention. He actually follows Jennifer around. "He's so adorable" is what I hear most often from both Jennifer and her trainer.
Wednesday is his day off, Jennifer has club meetings after school. They will ride tomorrow and I will try my best to remember to bring the camera. Jennifer has renamed Vic. His new name is Phillip, the inspiration was the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia" and actually the name means horse. Jennifer loves a good play on words and this was too good to pass up.
Artic Vic came to Bits & Bytes Farm to be sold when his buyer changed her mind.