Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jasper

59 Comments:

Blogger Jenaye said...

Yay!!!!

April 30, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

Congratulations! Love the name.

I feel a whole lot better about this now that it's spring and not the winter from hell. :-D It was right of you to make your original decision to hold off. And this decision seems right, too. What a beauty!

Like you said, this is your life. And you are LIVING it, girl! Oof, I get so excited when people live their dream. You are one of the bravest people I know.

April 30, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Jasper is a 10-year-old POA cart pony. Owned and trained by the Amish. The last farm outgrew him, but this calm boy is perfect for the light work around Cold Antler (driving wood, hay, and me). He just needs a cart and harness!


More on why I made the plunge soon, and I think when you hear the story.... from rainstorms to barn rafters....you'll agree.

April 30, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I suspected your big announcement would be a pony! Yay for Jasper!

April 30, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

POA? for us laypeople?

April 30, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Pony of the Americas!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_of_the_Americas

April 30, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Little Home In The Country said...

Awesome! Congratulations! Coming out of "lurkdom" to say that I love your blog and your farm - you are very inspiring to me and I admire your fortitude. Jasper will surely provide some much needed assistance around the place. :)

April 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

My wife & I wish so much you were closer so we could visit you & Cold Antler. I love the name as well.

April 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He came with the name, I decided to keep it.

April 30, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Congratulations he is beautiful and looks sweet and a bit cheeky too.
Jessica from The Netherlands (I have been working at a donkey shelter for the past nine years now and I love donkeys, mules and ponies)

April 30, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Ahhhhhh fantastic! So cute!!!! Can't wait for more stories and pictures!

April 30, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Aww! Look at that face! SO CUTE!

April 30, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Lucky Jasper! Lucky Jenna!

April 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

We've been debating for some time whether a draft/work animal is a good choice for our place. I'm anxious to hear how this works out for you. He's lovely!

April 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It had to be, as both your names start with the same letter. POA's are awesome lil' horses. Can't wait to hear the story. I am looking for a cart and harness for my mini-horse, Chica.

April 30, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Aila said...

There is literally nothing better than a bomb-proof pony! I was in Pony Club for many years and have ridden a wide variety of horses, from expensive warmbloods to little mutt ponies. It was the mutt pony that I rode for my highest ranking national test! Congrats on a good choice for your first horse.

April 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so so so thrilled for you! You realize ponies are a gateway drug, right?

Is he tall enough for the occasional joyride?

April 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

He is really cute! What a fine face. I'm glad you were able to get someone ready to go to work.

Congratulations!

April 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger shannonstoney said...

Adorable!

April 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh congratulations!!! What a handsome boy. This will be great for you. Here's a preemptive "naysayers be damned"! :)

April 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger karen said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you -looking forward to the whole story. Karen from CT

April 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Congratulations! He looks like a real sweetheart!

April 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I have known some wonderful POA ponies! Congrats! I am very excited for you.

April 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

I just knew it was going to be some kind of horse!!!!!! Welcome Jasper. What a great name! Congratulations!!!!!!

April 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Erin Leigh said...

I love his face, and name, too! COngrats!!!

April 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a cutie! Have fun ;}

April 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger E said...

You look alike!
Hope you have many happy adventures together.

April 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Denise Ellen said...

Hello Jenna! I just borrowed your book "Made from Scratch" from my local library here in Henniker, NH, and I'm really enjoying it. You are doing so many things that I dream of doing!! I'm excited to have found this blog so I can keep up with your latest adventures. Be well!

April 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger ladybughomer said...

Every grown-up girl who reads this blog, probably used to be a little girl wishing for a pony! Ooh - how I love the picture of you and Jasper. Lucky Jasper, lucky Jenna!

April 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Wow. What great news. And such a great name too. I still think your amazing Jenna.

April 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

What a great looking pony and he looks to be an 'easy keeper' too. Having owned and ridden an old track reject standardbred mare for many years I must say the horses and ponies developed in North America and used to lots of work are the best and the hardiest. Enjoy!~ and put the little sweetheart to work - he is capable of lots even though small in stature!

April 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Yay! That is so awesome. Now I'm really jealous ;)

April 30, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Beautiful accompaniment to the menagerie; May you and he have many good years ahead.

April 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

YAY! He is ADORABLE! And I'm jealous!

April 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Cool! He's not a pack goat, but I bet he could go on a few hikes with you too! :-)

April 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

He is Beautiful!!

April 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

eeeeeeeeeeeee!

April 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Mayleen said...

Hooray for you! POA is what we usually call our little Appy, since she's only 12.1hh. Have a wonderful time with your new man ;) I quite unabashedly recommend Parelli if you'd like to find ways to build your new relationship happily and healthily. I think you'll like their style!

April 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

Yay! Your working pony dream came true! :-) I am so excited for you.

April 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I actually gasped out loud on seeing this picture. Such wonderful news! He is just adorable. Very nice that he has training in place. Now you will just have to develop your partnership. I agree with using Parelli methods.

April 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

YEAH BABY!! I am so excited for you!

April 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I saw an ad in Countryside for a manual mower you can hook up to your pony and it started out at only $400. I had thought about getting a pony just to get the mower. No gas at all, only hay. Can't beat that.

He looks very nice and gentle. I hope you have many happy years together.

April 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Lovely! I grew up with horses, and my first horse was a spunky POA mix, 13.5 hands.

Here's an interesting site which shows pictures of the horse-drawn mower:

The Old Lawnmower Club (antique lawn mower club)
http://www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/moms/mom25-spm.htm

Who knew??????

April 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

How sweet. He has a precious face that says wisdom(reminds me of my 12 yr old Chesapeake Bay Retriever). You look quite pleased. So happy for you.

May 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful addition to your CAF family! Every step you take makes me so excited and proud of you!

May 1, 2011 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Congratulations Jenna! That is a beautiful pony, my daughter is really jealous! Enjoy the time.

Grace and peace,

John

May 1, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger bellananda said...

aaaaaaaa! i just KNEW you'd gotten a pony, you girl who lives my dreams!

he's adorable, and you're adorable with him. can't wait to hear the whole story!

love from k.c.

May 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to your new addiction. You can't have just one. A quote I heard from a carriage driving addict: "Horses are just as addictive as heroin, and twice as expensive."

Can't wait to hear the story of how you got Jasper.

May 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

AAAHhh!!!! congratulations I'm so happy for you!!!!! you've wanted a pony for so long now! Welcome Jasper!!

May 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Congratulations Jenna, he's adorable!

May 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger KnitItBlack said...

Hooray for pony! :) That will make hauling tasks easier, for sure, and ponies are just plain fun!

May 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Helloooo Jasper! You are a beauty and you're gonna love your new home! So jealous Jenna, wishing I had more than 18 feet of backyard so I could employ pony-power as well.

May 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

As a life long horsewoman, I can tell you some of the best ponies I've known were POAs. They are kind, dependable, intelligent and hardy. This pony is certain to enrich your life and earn a special place in your heart.

May 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Jamie Elfrank said...

Congratulations Jenna! He's very handsome and I'm sure he will be right at home on the farm :) Congrats again!

May 1, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

In my previous comment, I forgot to mention, Jenna, that the enemy of most ponies is overly rich grass and an excess of grain. This can lead to a condition known as 'founder' or laminitis and can be extremely serious - once developed it tends to return. Ponies can keep very well on very little, and often can do moderate work on no grain at all. Check with your vet friend down the road if in doubt.
And best of luck with your new friend! You're one lucky girl to have a beautiful pony like that!

May 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Yeah! What small farm doesn't need a horse? Great name, sweet looking and Amish trained?? Sounds like you scored again, but then again you waited for the universe to quide you to him, and as we all know thats when it works out the best :)

May 2, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

What a poppet he looks. Small enough to handle with confidence too and I bet he drives like a dream.

I miss our horses terribly, so will have to get my kicks through you now . . .

May 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger CAREY said...

HE's beautiful!

May 6, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger spike said...

He looks perfect! My son is named Jasper :)

May 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM  

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