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Guest Post from Jen Joines and Kricket

Updated: Jul 29, 2018

Jen Joines writes:

This is my mini Kricket. She and I have been best buds since 10/2016. I adopted her from Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue (Valley Center, CA) after she was pulled from a severe neglect situation.

When I brought her home it was like the lights were on, but no one was home. She was dull, lethargic and had no sparkle in her eye. It broke my heart.

As I do endurance with my paint mare, we decided to apply similar theories to Kricket to try to get her healthy. I’d take her for SLOOOOOOOW walks on trail while a friend conditioned my paint in circles around us.

As Kricket’s stamina improved, I started seeing little sparks of personality. There was a fire breathing dragon hidden under all that mane!!! Those little sparks convinced me that I was doing the right thing.

Fast forward nearly two years later (gosh, time really flies when you’re having fun!!!) and Kricket has done things that most big horses wouldn’t dream of doing...

Kricket runs endurance with me. No joke, WE BEAT full sized horses and riders on 6 legs (two human, four mini).

Kricket shows in hand in a ton of disciplines. We have dabbled in halter (learned real quick that we both greatly dislike it), fun classes, jumping and trail. Kricket’s favorite class at shows is always trail.

But her true passion? Pounding miles under her itty bitty hooves. Whether it’s running/hiking by my side, or being ponied off my paint, this goofy, lovable, fire breathing dragon just wants to eat up miles.

She has done so many things in her year and nine months with me, but her biggest is yet to come... We are going on a trip to Arizona and Utah at the end of August. Kricket will take a whirlwind tour of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Escalante, and Zion National Park.

This little pony is just incredible, and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

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