Drumroll please - everybody, meet the newest member of my family... Ryon!  I was bursting at the seams to tell you all about him when I first met him in October but didn't want to jinx the purchase process.  And finally, last week while I was out of the country, he came home.  Ryon is my very first horse and very first pet.  He's 8 years old and a quarter horse / thoroughbred mix.  He's quite large, really fuzzy, a social butterfly and incredibly food motivated, so much so that we are not hand feeding him treats or else he'll literally dig through your pockets for more.  We're guessing that he's probably around 100 lbs overweight.  I've only had the weekend to assess his personality but I'm sure I'll have more to share with you all as time goes on.  We've both got a lot of work to do but I'm hoping that he'll be a pro at everything by the springtime.

For those who are wondering about what will happen to my greyby Ike, he'll go back into my trainer's lesson program.  Poor Mr. Ike is jealous of all the attention that Ryon is getting and we're giving him extra treats and hugs until he gets used to the new guy.

This is the best way that I can think of starting the Year of the Horse (plus another piece of big news that I'll share later this week) - as I said, this year is going to be great!