Let's talk about the biggest achievements your horse has accomplished. I'm not talking about you as a rider - I want to know what your ponykins has done to make you proud. Is there a glorious satin collection, did he/she figure out some dressage movement that took months to learn, or are is it just a great day when your butt stays in the saddle?
Ginger's biggest achievement to date is just being so 100% commited to giving me the best she can. I'm choosing her work ethic since she's always been very sweet and kind, but her default is to be very mistrustful and not overly generous so the work ethic was really something she needed to develop. That she's decided to trust some of us and develop and bring the most amazing work ethic I've ever experienced to the table every time I ride is a gift and testament to what a special girl she is. It means the world to me.
Midget's biggest achievement is eating approximately 10 tons of peppermint horse treats and still wanting more. Just kidding. What I really love about Bridget is that even though she has an opinion about everything, she's game to try anything and always up for adventure. I know I can put her in any situation and she'll handle it like a pro.
I talk a lot here about Ginger's flighty nature and Bridget's very mare-y attitude, but ultimately both are super friendly, generous, just plain nice horses to have around. They both are always very loyal and have my back no matter what - that's a really nice feeling and a bond I am super proud of. Everyone that knows them in real life comments on how nice they are and how well mannered. That's not all on me, they are both just inherently kind and people oriented, particularly with little kids. For two such different horses on the surface, I think they are eerily similar when it comes down to the stuff that really matters.
I know none of this is a real concrete achievement, but they are the things that really make me proud on a daily basis and the stuff that matters more to me than any ribbons or passing milestones.