Jasper – The Kid

Jasper, my youngest horse at 5, is the kid around here. Jasper was sent to me by a client when he was a year and a half. I was going to care for him, get him started and help the owner sell him. At the time I had 3 horses, Mic, Prima and Pizano, so I didn’t want another one.

Jasper doing his first “at liberty” demo as almost a 3 year old

Jasper was a carbon copy of Pizano so I nicknamed him Pi Squared. Lesson learned – don’t nickname the ones for sale!

When Pizano died it was gut wrenching. My plan was to just have two horses and move on. But Jasper’s owner had other plans. She knew I adored Jasper and made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. Long story short – I have 3 horses again.

Now I can’t imagine my life without Jasper. He is an old soul in a young body but he also makes me laugh daily!

Jasper drinking rain water from a broken downspout like a hamster. I had to take the photo just so I could explain things to the vet in case he cut his lip!! He didn’t and was fine.

His nickname rapidly changed to “the monkey” and when I finally moved him onto my tiny place with Mic and Prima, they immediately put him in training. Jasper went from the monkey to “the orangutan” his first month at home but with daily lessons from me, Mic and Prima he settled in and finally began to mature. The daily bite marks and missing hair tells me Jasper is still not up to snuff in Mic’s opinion.

Jasper has been a late bloomer. He has always looked about a year or two younger than his actual age and so I have been very slow to get him started under saddle. At 5 he has only carried me for two 5 minute rides so far. But I didn’t start Prima under saddle until she was 6 and she seems better for it. For all the things I did wrong with Prima, that horse has never taken a lame step. So I am in no hurry with Jasper.

Just letting Jasper grow and training him on the ground has proven very valuable. Not only is Jasper a confident young lad now, he finally decided to grow. Giving his body time to grow has allowed him to turn into a beautiful horse. He and Mic now look like bookends and they look after Prima (the mare) like body guards.

Jasper taking his nightly peppermints without bothering to get up. Roger does spoil my horses rotten!

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3 Responses to “Jasper – The Kid”
  1. Diane Ayers says:

    My Jasper likes his snacks in bed too! Does that mean he is spoiled or just well loved?

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