Today has been a blizzard, a few friends birthdays & the 14th anniversary of owning my long time partner & retired show pony, Pirate. I can’t believe how fast the years went by, I got Pirate when I was nine years old. To this day I never found a horse that has been more loyal than him. Pirate is now blind & 24, his blindness occurred in 2002 & I proceeded to show him even with this disability until we finally decided to retire him. The bond & trust he has for me is incredible, all you have to do is jingle a bit in front of his mouth & he starts to open it, he will do just about anything I ask out of trust.
Over the years Pirate did just about every discipline & performed them well. We did jumping, dressage, english flat work, western pleasure, reining, driving, pole bending & of course barrel racing. Here are some flash back photos from over the years.
I think I was twelve here, the expression or lack of says I’m hot, tired & cranky, mom please stop taking pictures of me. Most of Pirate’s trophy’s & ribbons are packed away in boxes but I still like to go through our old photo albums.
Driving class at the fair, Pirate wasn’t the biggest fan of pulling a cart but he put up with it & looked good doing it.
The 90s called, they want their tack back. Oh wait this was the 90s. I was avidly obsessed with hunter green & the Martha Josey nylon sets, hey they were cool at the time.
His favorite (& mine) was barrel racing, we just did the other disciplines to keep him fresh & prevent him from getting sour. Even now I still ride him occasionally because he honestly would prefer to keep being shown. It always amazes me how I can go months without riding him, hop on & he does everything perfectly. Of course he is still full of spunk & bucks because the only time he ever gets to run anymore is when I am on him.
A much younger looking Pirate if you compare it to the photo from today. Either way he is still adorable & will always be my favorite pony.