Guess who's 22nd birthday it is???
Not mine... It's Vana - DRAGON!PONY! He looks like a million bucks and seems like he's going on 5 years old rather than elderly stateman status. As we close in on almost a year of this whirlwind journey, I'm just so happy that he's been a part of my life. He's not the easiest horse nor the most forgiving, but he's mine and I've learned so much about upper level riding but more importantly upper level TRAINING as we "fix" lots of things that he "thought" were right. Naturally this leads to lots of disagreements with the Dragon, but he's so much more ridable but also hotter than when I got him and I can't wait to see where we go in the next year.
Naturally keeping him fit, sound, and happy are the top priorities when dealing with the old man and honestly, a big part of all that is keeping him working. He's not going to be a happy retiree whenever the time comes. I can so relate to that concept as I cannot imagine not working in some capacity.
So for his birthday what did we do? We went and had a lesson!
Here's to many more Mr Vana <3