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Jaffa Gets a Fan Club

Jaffa wins ribbons, as well as hearts

Jaffa wins ribbons, as well as hearts


When I did a blog posting earlier this week, writing about a few minutes spent with my good friend, Jaffa, little did I know how far and wide he had traveled, capturing hearts along the way.
Jaffa's noble head

Jaffa’s noble head


One of Jaffa’s former owners sent photos of him from his hunter/jumper days. He won both the hunter and jumper championships at the Oregon High Desert Classic in both 2005 and 2007 with Jenny Boyd as his rider.
Lovely form over fences!

Lovely form over fences!


I’m sharing those photos with you here, just so you can see how handsome and fit he was at the time. He is still in great shape for a 25 year old, but is wearing his less flattering wooly winter pajamas, waiting for a more convincing version of spring to arrive.
Thank you to everyone who shared memories and fondness for this lovely gentleman. He is truly a gentle giant and most deserving of a fan club.

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dressage, dressage barns, School Horses, Schoolmasters

Jaffa Heart of Gold

Jaffa is the 20-something schoolmaster in our barn. I took lessons on him for several months when I was a newcomer to the barn. It was a great way for me to get to know Natalie and, likewise, for her to assess my strengths and weaknesses.

Old man whiskers detract from Jaffa's noble head

Old man whiskers detract from Jaffa’s noble head


Jaffa is one of those worth-their-weight-in-gold horses, which is probably why his full name is Jaffa Gold. You can put a child on Jaffa and he’s happy to cart them around. Put an adult amateur on him and he’ll work just as hard as you make him. A professional can remind him of his former, show ring abilities and make him look downright fancy. Many of us in the barn have a soft spot for Jaffa.
This week I couldn’t help but notice Jaffa’s long, goat-like facial hairs. He has a noble head but it was hidden under too much of a good thing. As Jaffa advances in age, he’s slower to shed his winter coat than the rest of the horses, so he needed a little help.
I wasn’t ready to tackle a full body clipping, but I did give Jaffa a mini makeover this morning. As you can see from the photos, there’s still a lot to be done … but the next time a student goes to bridle Jaffa, I’ll bet she notices the difference.
Shorter whiskers and a tidier mane give Jaffa a wee bit tidier look.

Shorter whiskers and a tidier mane give Jaffa a wee bit tidier look.


The old guy was a saint for me, standing stock still for his makeover. He was a little worried when the lunch wagon went ’round, afraid that he’d be missing a meal. I assured him that everything would be alright and gave him a lump of sugar to help soothe his nerves.
There’s something lovely and rewarding about older horses who have paid their dues. I nearly always have an extra treat in my pocket for Jaffa, just to let him know I haven’t forgotten how kind he was to me during our lessons together.
Thank you, Jaffa heart of Gold.

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