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Hi Julie and Liz,
I just wanted to touch base with you and tell you what a joy Ace has been. Ace has done so well trail riding. At first he was very afraid of going through the creek or water that we would encounter on the trail. He would stand and shake and not follow the other horses through. I would get off and lead him...and he would always jump the water. Finally our fourth time on this one trail he follow the other horses and jumped the water. He gave me plenty of notice before he leaped over the water and we flew it together in perfect unison. He did not pop it and was as smooth as could be. I love to jump and he did not come up lame afterwards. I knew we were on our way. (He has only been lame once when I first got him trimmed. I put shoes on him and all has been well.) Ace lead on our trail ride through the woods only after riding through them once. He does not shy away when deer run out and he is very bold. Ace listens to me and enjoys working. He does well when introduced to other horses and does not mind following.
When the vet came to float his teeth and give him his shots he was fantastic. I warned them about his history of biting but it was not an issue. He has never bit anyone here and my farrier said he wants to be his best friend. Ace is also so smart and can open the stall doors when I allow him to wander in the isle.
When I cannot ride him I make sure to spend time with him on the ground. I work with his stable manners and his socialization skills. He has calmed down so much and we trust each other. We are really bonding. When I walk out to the pasture he gallops down to me. I am always a bit nervous hoping he will stop...he always does and I smile. He also will follow my mom when she walks up the road with her dog. He keeps the cows company in the neighboring pasture, and runs around the pasture with Ozzy, my daughter's horse. When we let him out of the stalls he usually will run up and down the pasture stretching his legs. He seems so happy.
I just wanted you to know how well he is doing and how much he is loved. He has really changed my life!
My grandfather Ken Retzlaff adopted a bay mare named I B A Babydoll about two years ago. I wanted to give you an update on her:
“Pepper” is an OUTSTANDING animal. I’ve never seen a mare, let alone a thoroughbred mare, as quiet as Pepper. Her willingness and intelligence make her a joy to work with and a once in a lifetime horse. I’ve never believed it was possible to completely trust a horse, but Pepper has proven me wrong every day since I started riding her this February.
Pepper has been with us in NC since last year, and my older sister, Megan, toted her around to non-competitive shows in the fall of 2013. I started working with her this February hoping she could hold her own in the “C” rated circuit for 2014. Now she’s jumping 2'6" courses with lead changes in the Pre-Children’s and 3' with ease in 4H. She's always first or second in under saddle, and I had a USEF “AA” judge come up to me and tell me that I should show her in the “AA” circuit. in 2015 I will be showing her in USEF “AA” Children's.
This is very lengthy, but so is the list of achievements this horse has made. I want to thank you for everything you do for these horses and for riders like me. You've turned out some amazing horses and given them a second chance.
Thank you again from Lauren Hedley and Pepper
Now called Magic, adopted by Dan Fuller