Jemma turned 2 years old on Sunday, March 30,
2003. We had a small celebration, including a carrot
cake, for Jemma at the barn. I cannot believe she is 2
years old already.
Jemma stands about 14.2
hands on the front and almost 15 hands on the rear.
She is starting her spring growth spurt. She is not
yet ready to go under saddle and that is just fine. I
will re-evaluate her again in 6 months (September 2003) to
see if she is ready. I may even wait until Spring
2004. No hurry.
Jemma is still a very
sweet, affectionate mare. You can still see alot of
baby in her. She is beginning to challenge authority,
but with manners training, she will do fine. The
plan for this year includes competing in halter classes at
local and AQHA horse shows. I will also advance her
ground training: introducing long lines and the bridle.
Update - September 8, 2003 - I took my first
ride on Jemma today!! The trainer said he thought she
was ready. So without hesitation I got on her.
She just stood there. Then we walked 2x around the
round pen and I dismounted. What a THRILL - one of my
goals was accomplished! She now stands almost 14.3 on
the front and 15. 1/2 on the rear. A slow grower - but
SUPER looking horse.