Five Years

Guess what I did five years ago today? Impulse-purchased a 6yo TB named Jerry, sight unseen!

It’s normal to buy a horse off of a picture like this, right?

Jerry, of course, became Henry, also known as the single greatest purchase I have ever made. Life is short, buy the horse. Even when maybe you shouldn’t. Even when it doesn’t make a damn bit of sense, and you didn’t wake up that day expecting to buy a horse, but for some reason you just really like him.

We’ve come a long way since then…

Jan 2014
Dec 2018

and done a lot of things. He’s been a hunter, a jumper, a trail horse, a foxhunter, and an eventer. He’s also been a pretty fantastic “big brother”, teaching the next generation how to be a proper horse.

and/or llama

He puts on a pretty believable grumpy front, but – not to ruin his street cred – he’s actually super sweet. He likes his little brother (although maybe he just likes having someone to boss around) and he definitely loves his job. Every year he continues to blow me away with how hard he tries, and what he’s capable of.

a corner in 2015
a corner in 2018

He might not be the best mover, or have the most correct conformation, or care much about leaving the stadium fences in the cups, but he puts up with a lot. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher and partner, and to me, that makes him perfect. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been really fun.


I feel like I talk about how great Henry is all the time, so I’ll keep this one short.

Happy 5 years to you, bestest bud… it’s an honor to be your human. ❤


21 thoughts on “Five Years

  1. Happy Horseiversary! Stories like yours help remind us that you don’t have to buy the fanciest and most expensive horse to make your dreams come true. Henry is a special guy, but you’ve obviously put a lot of time and work into making him extra great. Thanks for being awesome!


    1. You guys are kind of spooky. You have a mare related to Sadie and you both went to the same barn where “Jerry” was (UGH So glad you changed that name he is so much more a Henry)! 🙂 HA HA HA

      Happy Henry Day, Amanda and YES it should be a national holiday!!


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