Gaining miles...

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

Gaining miles...

Postby Juliane on Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:43 pm

Yesterday, Rachel and I decided to pull Connor out and continue his work under saddle with the snaffle. Since Rachel had already worked with Romeo and had her saddle out, we decided to use it on Connor as well. I really wanted to see how Connor would do with a different person, different tack, etc. He was really well behaved when Andrea came out and rode him, but I wanted to add a bit of pressure to this new situation.

Rachel's saddle is different from mine in that it has the rear cinch. She also uses splint boots as part of her tack. Both of these were new for Connor, but he handled them well! His first few steps with the splint boots were hilarious :P Once in the round pen, we adjusted the rear cinch so that it was placed correctly, then sent him off to lunge.

He was perfectly behaved, though at one point, started to let out some of his pent up energy that all the horses were feeling due to the high winds, and let out a few crow hops. It was uplifting to see him enjoying life! :)

After a short warm up, Rachel mounted and rode him around, paying particular attention to his responses to the bit, doing turns, halts and reversing. She had him trotting in both directions as well, which he picked up quickly and easily. Rachel continued working him for about 30 minutes until we decided to call it good.

However, before we ended, we went on a short trail ride to check out the status of the once-flooded river. Connor eagerly walked out, stepping over logs and branches that were piled up from the rising water a couple weeks ago.

Rachel is an excellent rider; quiet and calm, yet firm and reassuring. I was very pleased to see how well Connor did with her and vice versa. Connor definitely has the potential to go far. He has a very unflappable character and simply goes along with the flow! :)

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Postby cat_67 on Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:26 pm

He is so cute. I can't wait to see him go!
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Postby busted on Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:44 am

Oh my Connor is such a fun pony!

Very responsive and willing to do as he is asked.

There were a few times I felt way to big for him. He is about the same size as my Cabo.

I was a bit worried about taking him out alone. But he did great. No balks or worries on his end. He could care less that he was being taken away from his friends and comfort zone.

He boldly walked down the drive way to the trail and never once batted an eye.

He is going to make a perfect trail pony. I cant wait to see who he will choose to be his forever home. He is going to make someone very very happy!
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Postby seahorse on Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:29 pm

I am such proud Mommy!!!! He is the CUTEST EVER!!!!! I am with Cat in that I cannot wait to see him under english tack in a schooling show :shock:
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Postby ptownevt on Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:40 am

Connor is one of those ponies that is worth his weight in gold! These big, safe, kind, honest ponies easily sell in the 4 figures or more here in the northeast. He just must not have been seen by the right person, because if he were, he would be gone in a New York minute! I know you'll be careful where he goes, though, Chelsea because I could see him easily ending up being bought by someone who would resell him. He needs a forever home.
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Postby seahorse on Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:45 am

You know I will be VERY picky about his home. You are very right Pam that he could be passed around if we were not careful. I am hoping for an adult rider for him who will love him the rest of his days. I think he will make an EXCELLENT partner for somone. I would really love to see him go in the spring after he gets more miles and some time over jumps and we will have a bigger pool of potential homes. Andrea is trying to work out boarding by her so she could lease him. I am hoping that it works out and that she falls so hard for him she cannot help herself and has to keep him
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