I know what you must be thinking.
“What a weird name for a title.” —You
Well, you’re right. But you’re also wrong!
It’s time to introduce you to my horse, Clues Breeze M!
“Ooooh…that makes sense now.” —You
Yep! Clues Breeze M is the first horse I’ve ever owned. I don’t call him Clues Breeze M though, I just call him Breeze.
He is an 18 year old Quarter Horse and a registered Paint horse (through the APHA, which stands for “American Paint Horse Association” for anyone that doesn’t know). His dad’s name was Clues, and his mom’s name was Brok M Chica Cloud.
I got Breeze when he was just 13 years old, back in 2014; but his story isn’t quite that simple.
I started riding horses when I was 11 years old. I rode a little German Riding Pony named Summertime (Summer), and she taught me a lot of what I know now. Summer’s owner decided to put her up for sale around the middle of 2014. I loved Summer. I wanted Summer. But Summer was a very nice, well trained, kid safe, competition ready, show horse.
“What does that mean?” —You
Good question. All of it means that Summer was a very expensive horse. Too expensive for me and my family, but she started us on a journey of finding the perfect horse to buy. My parents were against it at first, but my grandad saw Breeze’s for sale ad online, and knew we had to go see him!
We talked my parents into it, and drove the hour’s drive to meet him. He was very sweet, but was being ridden when we got there, so I can only assume the people tired him out before we got there. I rode him around and he did fine. We walked through obstacles and he did everything I asked of him. He seemed perfect, so we took the night to think about it and ended up bringing him home the next day.
At first, he was fine. A great horse. But it soon became obvious that something wasn’t right. Fast forward about a month after buying him, he bucked me off while we were riding around his pasture.
Yep! That buck started a year long journey of training, chiropractors, and building trust. I had my trainer work with him for about a month. During that time we realized he needed some major chiropractic adjustments in his hip, back, and neck. He started getting regular adjustments, along with lots of groundwork and training. Pretty soon, I was back up on him. I was only 13 at the time, and was pretty nervous to ride him after getting bucked off, but I’m so glad I did. It took lots of lessons with my trainer to be able to confidently ride him alone. But I stuck with him, and now he’s the best horse anyone could wish for.
Breeze has come such a long way from that bucking horse that was sold to us as a “kids horse” about five years ago. He now really truly is a kids horse! I’ve taught so many kids to ride using him over the years, and I know I can trust him with them. He’s an amazing barrel racing horse, and even though he’s 18 now, he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. He loves to run! I can also ride him completely tackless, or with just voice cues. He’s such a quick learner, and his hip, back, and neck are in much better shape now!
We’ve had our ups and downs, but I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without him. He’s my best friend. He knows all my secrets. I trust him, and he trusts me.
I will forever be thankful that I ended up with such an amazing first horse!
Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing lots more about him in the future I’m sure!