Welcome to my Journey Through The 2019 AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program with my 2018 filly KT Alaskan Ruby!
In September of 2018 I applied for the Young Horse Development Program and was delighted to receive an acceptance letter in October! The letter said that I would receive a foal that was donated by KT Ranch! I couldn’t believe it!!! I would receive a registered Ranching Heritage bred QH for no cost!!!! So on Saturday, December 2nd My whole family loaded up into our motor home and hit the road with our horse trailer in tow. We were bound for KT Ranch in Connell, WA to pick up my filly! When we arrived at KT Ranch I couldn’t believe my eyes at the absolutely adorable filly I was bringing home!!! Her name was KT Alaskan Ruby so I decided to call her Alaska!! I can’t thank KT Ranch enough for giving me such wonderful filly!
Here is a link to my first week with Alaska>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpV-9Y5rSs&t=3s
The program lasted 9 months and they were the fastest 9 months of my entire life! There where many assignments I had to complete with Alaska, throughout the program such as a bathing video, trailering video and trail pattern. We also had to go to a horse show as well as meet with an AQHA Professional Horsemen. All of these assignments helped me to stay motivated to work with Alaska and the experiences have made me a better horsemen and Alaska a better horse! I took Alaska to three shows over the course of the summer, including our county fair, but I chose to do a B system horse show called the Star Spangled Horse Show to summit for the program! I had never gone to a B system show so I was super nervous! But Alaska did amazing and was so well behaved for all of our classes! Video Of Alaska’s first Show >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YPEF_hHorU
For our evaluation with the AQHA Professional Horsemen we met with Alison Trimble. Click here to see how it went>> YHD AQHA Professional Evaluation
One of my goals for the program was to get Alaska exposed to as much as possible while she was young, so we did everything! We played with tarps, balloons, saddles, kites, jumps, tires and anything else we could get our hands on. Alaska also learned important skills such as, how to ponied behind another horse, stand for the farrier, round pen and even a little bit of ground driving! We also hauled to 4-H and gaming practices, a Tree farm my parents work at and she even went camping with us!
Beside playing with Alaska I also had to complete multiple written assignments such as monthly logs, progress reports, income and expense sheets, and a growth chart which kept me very very busy!!!! I also decide to make Alaska a facebook page and a youtube channel which I tried to keep up to date. Facebook >> Sierra and Alaska 2019 Young Horse Development Program.