To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to bay

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....


Marie said...

Sounds like a great project! I love Holsteiners. They are such beautiful horses. I worked for several years at a Holsteiner breeding farm when I was a teenage. It was a great experience!

Have fun with him! I look forward to seeing your progress with him. Hope he looses that worried look in a couple of weeks and sees how happy life can be.

Laura said...

Horton says, "I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore..."

I look forward to hearing about your escapades with him!

Theresa said...

Oh my that is a worried look! He's got some bone and substance that's for sure. Have fun and be safe!

shelly hancock said...

I'm so looking forward to reading about your time with Horton!

Lori Skoog said...

That did not take long. He's a handsome boy and looks like an interesting prospect. Look forward to hearing more about him.

A :-) said...

Look at you go! Building your training business one beautiful horse at a time. I'm so excited for you, Michelle!!!