Here is another photo of my new horse. This was the one that is in the 2008 EasyCare calendar. We are looking for photos for next year. If you have any, submit them to us. They need to be landscape shaped, and hi-resolution.
I took Bo out on a ride for a couple of hours tonight. We mostly walked with just a bit of trotting. I opened and closed the gate from his back.
I put four Epics on him for the first time. He took 2's all the way around. I think that I will eventually be able to get 1's without a heelstrap on his hinds, but for now it's a bit tight. He lifted his feet up high for the first few steps but by the time I trotted him out and back he was moving normally in them and felt totally comfortable in them on our ride. I'll give him plenty of time to get used to the boots before his next competition. He goes fine in regular Easyboots, but now is the first time he's using Epics on his unshod hooves. I don't have very many size 2 boots with gaiters but now that I have Bo and Tigger taking 2's and will need 6 size 2's between them if they go out for a ride together I'll have to get some more! Fortunately, if I need to I can use 2's on Chief's fronts as well - he actually measures in the size 2 range and the 1's are a super snug fit. It's nice when they can go okay in more than one size, and lots of times the Epics adjust enough so that they can. I always like to be prepared, so that means having enough boots on the horse. Plus I like to carry spares on my saddle and also in my crewbag at rides. I rarely need them, but everybody knows who to come to if they need a boot -- ME! So I often am lending them out -- usually to riders whose horses have lost a shoe, or have a loose shoe.
Bo is definitely a pleasure horse - I feel so relaxed riding him. I've been spending time with him just hanging out getting to him. He wasn't bothered on our ride tonight by anything - the two dogs running about, birds, rabbits, motorcycles. I think he has close to a 5 mph walk too. I'll have to take the GPS with us next time and see.