Rory's haircut!

This gorgeous black stud was part of the bucking stock string that was at the Yakima Feedlot in December. Will enter training the beginning of May 2006.

Rory's haircut!

Postby Juliane on Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:28 pm

Since I still had the clippers out from yesterday's session with Sydney, I decided to see how Rory would do today. I've been wanting to trim his mane up and give him a bridle path. I was sure it would make him look more refined and accent his typey look. Boy was I right! He's absolutely adorable. I can't quite decide if I've gone far enough back. Sydney got a typical QH cut, going back as far as her ear when laid back. However, Rory has more of a Morgan/Arab look to him, so I went farther back. I think if I trimmed more off, it would accent his beautiful neck more. At the same time, I don't want to go too far back and make his neck look short. :? Hmm... what to do?!

Anyhow, Rory was a perfect gentleman and much more relaxed and easy going about the clippers than I expected! He was definitely nervous about them, but allowed me to do it without fussing. Well, he did fuss a bit when I was doing his whiskers, but that's understandable.. It was tickling him! :P We took our time and he was completely clipped in less than 20 minutes.

Once he was done, Cassidy wanted to see if she could lead him. I was worried because I've been Rory's main handler. But then again, Rory is VERY laid back and easy going, which is why I think he'd be a great kid's horse. So, I let her lead him towards the round pen, even though I was like a mother hen, right next to her the whole time :P I think I worry too much.

Rory was delighted with Cassidy and didn't want to walk as much as he wanted to play with her! It was too cute! Once in the round pen, I let him run around with Ace a bit. He seemed to know he looked spiffy, with his neck arched and tail lifted high. Oh yea, tonight was the first time I brushed his tail too. A bunch of firsts for Rory tonight!

I am really excited about Rory's future. He will make an excellent pony at anything he does! And he's a large pony - I would say he's 14.1 - 14.2. :)

Here's some shots from tonight:

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Postby ptownevt on Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:34 am

He is so very beautiful. I really think he looks like a Canadian. They have wonderful reputations for good natured all around horses. He seems to fit that description too. There were a few PMU farms that used Canadian studs. I know that he didn't come from a PMU farm directly, but his parent(s) might have.
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Postby maefly on Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:00 pm

I think his bridlepath looks great! He sure is a great mover. Morgans typically have their bridlepath an ear and a half in length, but where his is at looks about where it should be. I agree with you that any longer would make his neck look shorter. He sure is a great boy! I'm so glad that he's come so far so fast :D
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Postby Juliane on Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:48 pm

Thanks Becca! If you're ever in the area, please come by and visit! I'm sure Rory would love to see you again, and I'd sure love for you to see how friendly he's gotten! You are welcome over anytime!!!
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Postby maefly on Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:04 am

I'd love to come out and see how much he's changed, but I'm back home in Minnesota now! It'd be a really long drive. I'm just glad you've got him so I can read all these great updates. He's the type of horse that once you've worked with him you won't ever forget him. I'm so glad he's doing so well.

My mom told the mother of the boy Rory's named after about him and how wonderful he is. They were both in tears and so happy that Rory the horse got his second chance. The boy Rory was the kind of person that once you met him you'd never forget him either. Both Rory's are/were amazing individuals.
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