In the comments of my last post, Lori asked: "What's next?" Well, I wasn't sure until this morning!
I am still interested in looking at BLM horses, especially after learning about a win-win proposition called T.I.P. I'm working on coordinating a little road trip to the nearest BLM holding pens to see if I can find a future dancing partner.
In the meantime, a friend of mine who knew Larry was moving on called and asked if I would consider taking her horse in for board and training. That took some thoughtful consideration. My friend bought this very green four-year-old Holsteiner cross (a Cotopaxi son) as her new dressage mount last fall, and he turned out to have a bent for bucking when he didn't want to do something. So my friend put him in hunter-jumper training this summer with the intention of selling him, and in the process he's settled down and hasn't bucked lately. Since he hasn't sold and my friend would really rather keep him if he's going to behave himself, yesterday I went to look at him. First the hunter-jumper trainer lunged and rode him.
I observed a green, hot horse but not a mean or crazy one, so we switched out saddles and I rode him a little. I came home and told Rick I thought I could handle him, and this morning Rick gave the go-ahead. I picked up my latest project this afternoon.
Meet Cohort, also known as Horton (Hears a Who, for his expression when worried; see it?):
I look forward to teaching Cohort how to dance so that Sylvia can enjoy him safely for years to come! But first, we need to get a bit that fits him....