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

Friday, July 1, 2011


Since I had some free time yesterday, I decided to go visit the Morgan. I've held off going again because with Russell's most injury, I didn't know if there was still a chance of a trade. No point in getting attached, right? But now that I am s-l-o-w-l-y beginning to recondition Russell, hope sprang up again. Plus, a few weeks ago I had a conversation with a Morgan breeder. She cautioned that Ritz's sire is known for throwing "tough" horses; not mean, just not very trainable. Although that has not been my impression at all with Ritz, I wanted to interact with him again with that information in mind.

It's been almost three months since I've seen him; he's shed out and gained some needed weight. I interacted with him loose in his stall and paddock, as well as in the cross-ties and out and about on a lead. (I really wanted to ride him, but that would have been foolish with no one around. I don't think he's been ridden in many months, maybe a year.) It was a pleasant visit, and I did not see any hint of the temperament I was warned about.

Now to call Ritz' owner a call to see out if she's still open to considering a trade . . . eventually.


Laura said...

He *does* look different! More mature. I like the look in his eye - very calm and inquisitive!

I'll hold good thoughts!!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, look at that proud arched neck.

Perhaps the sire's offspring prefer to work with people with steady, calm and quietly in charge temperaments; someone working with them, not working them. Cooperation, rather than coercion. His ears indicate he's willing to listen to you.

Kim said...

What a beauty!

Mary Ann said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE Morgans, I rode one all through high school. They are wonderful horses!