Thursday, 12 March 2015

Thankful Thursday - Violette's Third Gotcha Day!

Violette: Three years ago today, I was loaded in a van and went to start my new life under the care of #1. I actually tried to move into Poupounette Central...

But #1 told me the rooms were not really designed for a big girl like me. So I got in the van:

And I found myself in a place that was totally different from the field I had been living in:

You have no idea what it feels like to lie down in a sunpuddle in fresh straw until you try it!

I made friends for the very first time!

I found out about spa treatments:

I started going to school:

And eventually, #1 started to ride me!

Since I first left my field, I have lived in three different places in three years but, through every move, #1 has always been with me and made sure to tell me she loved me and I was safe.

I now share my field with another Percheron mare and six Arab mares, and #1 hopes I will stay here for a long, long time:

I'm on the left and in case you were wondering, I'm the boss!!!

I have just started working with a new trainer, a wonderful gentleman who specialises in the Spanish working style of Doma Vaquero. Both he and #1 have great hopes for me! In the meantime, #1 had a bit of fun with Photoshop and made this "painted" portrait of me out of a photo:

 I don't think anyone could ever have been happier and more thankful to be Gotchaed than me!


  1. Violette is a very lucky girl! And so is the Poupounette Gang!

  2. You know Violette, aside from BIG congratulations on your third Gotcha Day (and mommy remembers every day then and now) it made mom's eyes leak a little.

    Lots of love sweet girl, from us to you.

  3. Happy 3rd Gotcha Day Violette!!
    We remember how unhappy you were when #1 first found you. We are so happy that you are looking beautiful and are now safe and loved!
    May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  4. Happy 3rd Gotcha Day sweet Violette ! We wish you a wonderful day filled with treats and cuddles ! Purrs

  5. Happy Gotcha Day Violette!!! We are so glad that #1 found you and made you part of her family

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Violette!
    Lily & Edward

  7. Wes remembers when yous arrived Violette! Mes thinks yous is the most beautiful horse in the world and mes dreams about yous!
    Now mes will sings yous the song!
    *•.¸¸♪♫•Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*
    ¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day Dear Violette!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Gottcha Day to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    And tell #1 she made a totally gorgeous portrait of a gorgeous girl!

  8. Happy Gotcha Day Violette!!! You are indeed most beautiful!

  9. Happy Gotcha Day, Violette! You are such a stunning girl and I'm so glad you are one of my pals!

  10. Happy Gotcha Day, Violette - you are very lucky to have found #1!!! And that portrait she created of you is beautiful!!!

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  11. Happy Gotcha Day Violette! That is a lovely portrait of you.

  12. Hi, What a beautiful blog and beautiful Violette!
    Happy Gotcha Day!

  13. Happy third Gotcha Day beautiful, elegant, magnificent and loveable Violette!

    We can't believe it has already been three years! We clearly remember the day you wandered down the Poupounette driveway and let your needs be known:)

    It was, no doubt, a memorable and happy day for both you and your #1 :)

    Love to you from us, sweet girl.

    the critters in the cottage xo

  14. Happy Gotcha Day Violette. You sure have come a long way in your learning since you joined the Poupounette gang.

  15. Super Happy Gotcha Day Violette. You are one lucky lady horse to have hooked up with #1. She is pretty good isn't she.

  16. Happy Gotcha Day, Violette! You are so beautiful!

  17. Happy Gotcha Day Violette! We're so glad you got gotted!

  18. Happy Gotcha Day dear Violette - I do love your pictures. You're going to be great at learning this new style!!

  19. Happy Gotcha Day beautiful girl! You and your #1 are a perfect pair. We wish you a wonderful year full of happy rides with your special lady. Big smooches!

  20. Happy Gotcha day, beautiful Violette! We know you will have a great time in school this year.

  21. La Doma Vaquera. Ca me rappelle un moment magique.
    C'était il y a plusieurs années à Avignon pendant le gala des Crinières d'Or, un "numéro" magique avec un joueur de guitare, un cavalier, son cheval et le long baton. Un balai absolument magique.
    Bon anniversaire d'adoption Violette.
    J'espère que tu vas restée encore longtemps dans ce pré avec les autres juments. Si tu es le chef c'est que tu as trouvé ta place, ta famille.

  22. Happy Gotcha beautiful Violette. You couldn't have found a more wonderful safe home. May you have many more years enjoying life to the full at Poupenette central.
    Love Jan, Milo and Alfie. xxx


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