Jasper came into my life in January, 2020. I asked my riding instructor if I could try riding a different horse or a different saddle at least once per month. I had been with the same lesson horse for over 2 1/2 years and I LOVED Dancer. However, having the variety would teach me new things.
They told me that he had not been ridden in about 10 months and will need some guidance and patience. I immediately had self doubt. How could I be qualified to work with this horse? He was handsome and found a way to manipulate my heart; I was hooked.
We had some crazy moments in the arena, and I wasn't sure if he would ever slow down or not be afraid of his own shadow. We were building a foundation and a connection we could not deny despite our riding flaws. COVID happened, and the barn needed to shut down to all that did not own or lease a horse. I felt my heart sink.
Since that meeting in January, my husband kept telling me that he thought Jasper was THE ONE. I have never owned a horse but it was a dream that I wanted all my life to come true. Throughout the 26 years we have been together, he stated that we will never own a horse. He grew up with them, and they were too expensive and required too much care for our lifestyle. I was not sure why he would say this about a horse that I just met and was worried was too much for me.
COVID was a deep challenge and I needed to share time with horses to feel "normal." I decided to lease Jasper in May. Shortly after, his owner approached me and mentioned how he could see the bond that we formed; it was undeniable. He mentioned that he wanted to sell Jasper and I could have the first opportunity to buy him.
I struggled with the decision because I felt insecure about my horse ownership abilities. What do I know about taking on this huge responsibility? I realized that I have the most supportive and knowledgeable circle around me. My friends and loved ones were excited for me. My husband gave me an extra push to follow my heart. I decided to move forward to buy this beautiful 13 year old Gray Quarterhorse. I still cannot believe that I am now a horse owner!
Jasper has a natural ability to make people laugh and smile. He also knows when to stand quiet to support you. He has had a life of experiences that has caused him to be worried or unsure. However, Jasper is the solid partner who is willing to listen and learn.
I am super excited to introduce him to all of you!
Jasper's home is at beautiful Horse First Farm in Brooklyn, WI. Private sessions will be held with him there.