Why Not Just “Share” a Birthday?

So Newton doesn’t have any registration papers that I could find, so I have no way of knowing what day his actual birthday is.  I think he was probably foaled in April, as most foals are, but I figured that MY birthday, on May 8th seemed as good a day as any to celebrate HIS birthday too.  So call me silly, but I just couldn’t have a birthday-less pony lol.  I decided that his birthday would also be my birthday, and we could celebrate together.  So I got him an apple, stuck some old birthday candle I found in it, sang him the birthday song, blew out his candle, then fed him the apple. Newton enjoyed the apple, and it made me feel a bit better knowing he now had his “own” birthday as well.  Yes, I DO realize it’s quite silly, but I adore my boy, so why not give him a birthday of his own?

My birthday also always falls around Mother’s day, so I got to spend some alone time with him for my birthday and Mother’s Day treat 🙂

Enjoying some time together on Mother’s Day

So May was just another month of loving my pony, working on his training and conditioning, and getting into the groove of the equestrian lifestyle.  It’s really starting to get warmer out, but I know the real heat hasn’t even begun yet!  I’ve stocked up on fly spray, thrush meds (just in case) and shampoos… I’m ready for summer!

Newton has settled into the “pecking order” with his paddock buddies, two other chestnut geldings.  I’ve started taking him on a trail across the road that has a nice long grassy path next to a lake.  It’s great for a long canter to help condition him when we want to mix up riding in the arena all the time.  Below is a picture of us on the trail.  He’s really good on the trail.  He will go out alone and not fuss, and not spooky.  Really loving this boy more and more each day!

Really looking forward to growing our partnership and team.  Everyday is a learning experience for both of us, and we are enjoying each other every chance we get!

 

My New Pony

So this is Newton. Affectionately called the copper pony, or Newt. I had to think of a show name for him, and since I don’t have registration papers for him, he came as simply Newton, and the name suits him. This name has stuck with him for at least the past 2 owners and I have no idea if he was born with that name or not? Supposedly he was registered AQHA according to the barrel racer who sold him, but have been unable to get any more info on that, let alone the actual papers. I was unable to come up with anything on a search of the AQHA registry website, so if he was registered, he might have had Newton as just part of his name or not at all. A mystery that will probably never be solved. Since I have no aspirations to show in the AQHA breed shows, this doesn’t matter to me. I just wanted a nice large gelding pony with prospect for the Hunter ring. I don’t do actual jumpers, just hunters, and he fit the bill for me. He has a wonderful “in your pocket” disposition, and is very smart. Sir Isaac Newton seemed to fit him as a proper “show” name, so that’s what he goes by at shows. His barn name is Newton or simply Newt for short.

I am riding him here during his trial in March of 2017, and gave my then 6 yr old daughter a pony ride on him shortly after the purchase was official. He proved himself a talented and willing little man during his trial, but was still a bit green on a few things. His unknown Western training followed him a little bit, and he had a different “que” to pick up his right lead canter. My trainer and I spent some time to “fix” this, so that he now understands the regular que for both canter leads as they are asked for in the hunter/jumper world.

His pre-purchase exam showed a healthy and sound 7 year old pony. However, we did do some joint radiographs, and there were some ever so slight changes in one of his hocks and stifle. Nothing that interfered with soundness, but to stave off any future issues, I was recommended to put him on a joint supplement from the equine vet. He is on daily joint supplements from Smartpak (the combo pellets for joint, gut, hoof and coat) and I also give him an IV injection of Polyglycan each month as a preventative for good measure.

I had not owned my own horse since I was 15 years old, and back then “boarded” at a friends backyard farm. This was my first experience of being an actual part of a boarding facility and a hunter/jumper show barn. I got back in the saddle for the first time in almost 7 years in May of 2016 at my current barn just taking weekly lessons. So until I bought Newton, I was just riding once a week in mostly group lessons with my hunter/jumper trainer. I never dreamed after starting back taking lessons in May of 2016 that my dream of owning my own horse or pony would actually come true just 10 months later in March of 2017! So this is us, at the very start of our journey as a team together 🙂