An excellent trail pony!!!

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An excellent trail pony!!!

Postby Juliane on Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:05 pm

Buddy and I went on a trail ride this morning with Jen and her daughter. Jen lives in Fall City, bordering the excellent trail system near the arena. The trails are awesome, with many challenges.

I wasn't sure how Buddy would do, based on our 'assessment' from the night before, but felt it was a good opportunity to see how he'd act. He was perfect as he stood tied to the trailer and I saddled him up. He still tried to evade being bridled, but not as much as he had the night before. I think this is one of those things that will go away with time and patience.

Once tacked up, I took him into Jen's round pen so I could work with him there for a moment first. I wanted to see how he'd react to the plain snaffle bit as opposed to the short shank training snaffle I'd used the night before. He was great! No head tossing or defensive reactions. So, I mounted up and we all headed out on the trails.

The first thing I noticed is that Buddy should probably have front shoes on when riding on rocky surfaces. He was pretty tender footed until we got on the soft forest floor. Once on the trails, Buddy was fine with being in the lead, the middle and the back of the pack.

I was most impressed with the way he looked at where he was going and paid attention to his feet. He never tripped or ran into anything. He also wasn't spooky on his blind side. What a good boy!

He did balk twice - once when stepping over some good-sized logs across the trail, and another when we were attempting to go down a fairly steep incline. Each time he was level headed and didn't take much to get him to do as I asked. It did take us about 5-10 minutes to go down the incline (which you can see a picture of below, with Jen's daughter coming down). However, the reason it took so long is that I'd let him stop and think about it if he was trying or checking out the incline. When he refused, he's just stop. The worst he did was swish his tail and shake his head. LOL He is a very safe trail mount!

I was also able to get him to trot quite a few times. He was very good. I did wear bumper spurs today, but don't think they will be a necessary thing after a few more rides.

I plan to take Buddy to drill practice on Sunday and see how he does in a large arena environment, around many other horses. I think he'll be fine, though am not sure he's cut out to be a drill horse with his enlarged hind leg. He was not off at all today and certainly didn't seem hampered, but am not sure he could take the stresses of drill. But maybe I'm wrong! :)




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Postby rdafler on Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:27 pm

Ok so I am totally bummed that I couldn't go today, that just down right sucks. We will deffinately have to plan anoher one, and I will cancel everything so I can go too. Buddy looks awesome out there, he will make an awesome pony for someone.
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:50 pm

I suspect he sees a lot better in daylight, which could definitely account for being more willing outside. The hesitance when faced with uneven ground/obstacles sounds totally normal considering his vision. I actually taught Sunline "step UP" as a voice command when we approached an obstacle on the ground that I thought she might not see, and she caught on pretty fast.

There are a lot of homes for pretty trail horses, so this is excellent news! Great work! I am always impressed with how fast you get them out on the trail. I am such a chicken about WAY will I go outside of a fence unless I am on something I know is dead calm.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:24 pm

I tell you, those Arabs, they take a lickin' and keep on tickin'
Plus they look good doin' it. :wink:
He should have no trouble finding a good home.
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Postby Altanera on Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:03 pm

cat_67 wrote: I am always impressed with how fast you get them out on the trail. I am such a chicken about WAY will I go outside of a fence unless I am on something I know is dead calm.

haha so I am!

Glad he was such a greay boy!!
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Postby Jen Smith on Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:49 pm

I was so glad you came up my way for a trail ride. You are welcome to come with me anytime, and yes, Becky WILL be there next time. We should next week sometime. Teanna probably won't be able to skip school again. But it would be fun.

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