Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sima's Home

I posted back in January about finding Sima for the boys to have a kid-friendly horse.  We did a three month free lease to make sure that he was the right horse for us (and that his owner, who loves him dearly, felt he was going to be the right semi-retirement home for him).  I think everyone involved has been thrilled with the situation, and this week we are making it official.

Sima is enjoying a slower, rural lifestyle.  He no longer is part of a show barn life, or spending his weekends doing eventing.  He has fully embraced this muddier, lazier way of living.


The boys adore him.  He's a gentleman for their rides.  They are practicing the basics right now, like trying to learn how to post to the trot.

And I enjoy him, too!  I've been taking him on trail rides, and sometimes do a little jumping.  Last week I showed Pierce how to use the good camera, and he worked on getting action shots.  I took three fences, and Pierce caught two of them just right. 


It's been a long time since I've jumped much, or worked with a trainer.  It's good for me to see the pictures to pick out my flaws.  I got a tad left behind on this one.

Compared to Francie, he's an easy going, straightforward ride.  He's very sensitive to cues - like changing diagonals or asking for leads.


Riding him makes me feel like a teenager again.  It's such a treat to ride a more finished horse. 

But this is the best part of it - he's gentle with the boys, trustworthy.  And here's my photographer.  Didn't he do a wonderful job?

We all look forward to more rides with Sima.  Once the boys are more balanced, I'm hoping we can even do some trail rides on our land.

19 comments:

Tom said...

...Sima has a good home!

Lin said...

Yea!! This is happy news all the way around! Looks like Sima landed in the perfect home.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, Lisa! His ears are jut so darn cute! I can only imagine how different he is to ride than Francie. Because he is a trained show horse, it must be totally delightful. Please tell Pierce for me that he has a natural talent as a photographer! I am impressed to no end at how he captured these action shots just at the right time. And so sharp! That is not such an easy thing to do! I think for his next big occasion, maybe his own camera? Who knows, he may have his own blog before you know it. I'm just sayin'...

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

So glad Sima got you and your family for his new home. :-) Pierce did great with the photos!

Karen Ann said...


I can't think of a better semi-retirement life for an event horse - and your photographer did a fantastic job. Congrats to all -

Crystal Collier said...

He's very pretty, and I'm so glad it worked out! Occasionally the stars do align, eh?

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Looking good, he will enjoy all of the attention, I think they are like people in that working makes them feel good.

Karen S. said...

Awe how very special for all of you to share your lives together. He looks like one fine horse, enjoy many years together!

Michelle said...

So nice to see that Sima has a good home and people who will love and enjoy him! Great action shots...kudos to the photographer :)

Monkeywrangler said...

So happy for y'all, and Sima! Pierce does have an eye for photography. Find him a good used digital(for cheap) and turn him loose!

Out on the prairie said...

Fantastic shots of having fun, glad to her it is working so well.

Nasreen said...

He is a good photographer. You can bet next time he'll be even better! And I loved your shots of riding. I wish I could ride.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so excited for all of you including Sima. Enjoy!

troutbirder said...

How neat! Climbing up a mountain trail in Montana to reach the troutfishing "honey hole" below a falls, I always envied the people passing by us on horseback....:)

Linda said...

Congrats to Sima! Pierce did a great job with the camera.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Pierce is an excellent photographer! I'm so happy that Sima is working out for your family and for HIM too; what a sweet looking boy. I'm sure he's loving his retirement home. ;)

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

That's so exciting! I'm so jealous you can keep horses on your property. I really miss having a horse and riding daily!

alissa apel said...

Such a pretty horse. I'm glad the boys get to keep Sima.

Harry Flashman said...

Beautiful horse, and you look like a natural rider. Life is good, living on your own farm out in the woods, isn't it.