I bought Gavin in the summer of 2010 as a college graduation gift to myself (from money I got from my father who died about a year before I graduated... thanks for the love-of-my-life pony Dad!!). I had been out of the horse world for a little while, but my experiences with my previous mounts were still fresh in my mind when I went to look for a new mount.
My list of horse qualifications was (in the order of importance):
- A friendly demeanor, a 2-4 on the 1-10 temperment scale, because riding a fire-breathing dragon is no fun for me and I'm no good at it.
- Good health and sturdy confirmation, because owning a lame or sick horse is no fun for me.
- All-around athleticism, because I want to be able to try new things with my horse and I want to be able to excel to a point (obviously not the the olympic level or anything, but I'd like to set myself up for successs to a point)
- A build to match my own *cough* short *cough*. I hate being over-horsed, and it's hard for a 5'4" girl with short legs to match the stride of a 17 hand warmblood when posting. In my opinion it just makes things more difficult (at least for me).
I was introduced to a lot of ponies, but Gavin actually introduced himself to me. He walked straight up to me in a field and breathed his hot, sweet horse breath all over my face. Now, this wouldn't have worked quite so well if a human male had done this to me - but Gavin boldly pronouncing himself as my friend was enough for me to fall for him and subsequently buy that totally green 3 year old (4 by the time I bought him).
Here are some adorable baby pictures of Gavin:
|fancy baby picture #2|
|2 year old Gavin :)|
Gavin showed at intro and training level a few times in his 5th year, and did really well!
|My boy at 5|
|My boy at 6|