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Flynn (Somewhere in Time)

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To All my Friends at Galloping Out!

I apologize – I just realized that it has been a while since I updated you on how well I have been doing! I have just been so busy this spring/summer (more in a bit of what I have been doing), I haven’t had time to write. I don’t know where the time has gone! I absolutely love my life and having my own girl Julie to love and care for me.

I have now officially been off the track for 2 years now, and I have been with Julie now for 1.5 years. Everyone says that it takes time for a racehorse like me to settle in and become a sport pony (dressage and combined training) and develop a bond with my girl. I thought I had adjusted really well, but since this spring I have really taken off! All the little pieces that we had been working on over the first year really came together. I’m developing the new muscles that I need; I’m learning how to use my back and hind end (I don’t have to race forward – I can go slower!); I’m making new friends; and I am much more relaxed, not that I was ever really tense.

Everyone can’t believe how much I have changed – I’m getting stronger and bigger every day.

Here I am from last week sporting my new Flynn-sized Sport Boots. They protect my legs, but they don’t make them hot at the same time! I look quite a bit different from when I first came home Oct. 14, 2014!

My personality is coming out in full force. I think these photos speak for themselves. My Big Brother Forrest just shakes his head at me sometimes. Julie wanted a family photo of us all together. I think she captured us quite well!

I spend my days eating tasty clover and taking romps around my huge pasture.

The other night Julie and I watched the storm roll in:

I love playing Stallion. This is Quinn and I playing Stallion after Dinner. Unfortunately there are gates between the stalls. I just don’t understand why!

I am still just as nosy as ever! I have to know what is going on at all time! My stall is the perfect place to watch what is going on.

After I go for a ride with Julie, I get a long cold bath, which feels so good!

But the best part of baths is rolling in the dirt afterwards!!!! There is nothing like a good roll, and then leaping up into the air bucking afterwards. I highly recommend it!

And then once I get good and dirty, I get groomed again! Julie found the neatest brush at Pets Mart (I guess it is a dog brush), but I just love how soft it is. Of course my nose always needs a good brushing like the rest of me! Oh it feels so good!

As for riding, I am learning on carrying myself and using my hind end. It is a lot of work. But I get to do fun exercises like weave through cones and go through trot polls to make things much more interesting and entertaining. I don’t even realize that I am learning things like move from inside leg to outside rein! I am currently working on step three of this thing called the training pyramid in which I am working on stretching down into contact without losing my Rhythm and Relaxation.

Well that’s a little bit of what I have been up to this past spring! I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer. I’m going to go take a nap now. I will be in touch soon.

Love,

Flynn (Somewhere in Time) & Julie

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"I adopted Somewhere in Time (aka Flynn) in Oct. 2014 after my draft-cross was diagnosed with ringbone. I am truly blessed to have found Flynn! He is everything I always dreamed I would find in a horse: athletic, forward, three nice gaits, sweet personality, intelligent, brave, and big heart. Flynn only wants to love and be loved. He will stand for hours having his head rubbed. With his desire to learn and his natural ability, he is going to be an amazing dressage/combined training horse! Currently we are taking things slow, focusing on giving him a solid foundation. We are teaching him how to carry himself, move off of inside leg into outside rein, bend his body, and step underneath himself. He is such a quick learner that I forget at times that this is new for him. I actually think he is teaching me more than I am teaching him. Together we are learning to listen and trust each other, so we will become a solid team. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. I am so glad Flynn picked me!"
-Julie 


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