Since Liam is at my moms farm for the next while, I don't see him all day every day like I do my other guys. I try and get over to their place once a week, and before William so kindly picked up an abscess, I was over there Friday, Saturday and Sunday with William. It seems like every week I walk into the barn, the little Liam is growing again.
He isn't doing much, coming in at night, getting a curry, going out all day and just being a baby. It's hard to believe he is almost two now. In just a few weeks I will have had him for a year. Time is flying by....it really is. I'm not sure why the winter seems to be dragging on so long but that is another complaint altogether.
Once the weather clears up a bit, I am going to start some ground work with Liam, and introduce him to the lunge. He is already incredibly well handled and worked on the ground from his prior owner. I mean, he showed when he was a weanling for eff sakes. Bathed, clipped, trailered...the whole shebang. I actually was put in touch with his Sires original owner and she sent me a photo of him showing as a weanling. How freaking cute is this guy!!!
Depending on how the lunge work goes, I am going to start him under saddle lightly shortly afterwards. I would really love to show him in the ApHCC shows this summer in the 2 year old classes. We have a lot of work to do before then but it's not an impossible goal. He is such a smart easy going guy, I don't anticipate too much trouble. That being said, you never know with Appies. They are SO damn smart.
I have never shown on the Appy circuit, or any breed circuit for that matter, so it will be a new learning experience for me. So far, the people I have met have been very helpful and encouraging, which is giving me some good vibes about the Appy world in my region.
|as a weanling|
|at 1 1/2|
Should be an interesting and educational summer with him. Now for the warm weather to appear....