Safe for kids???

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.

Safe for kids???

Postby Juliane on Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:52 pm

Rory has always had a very laid back demeanor, making me think he would be an excellent kids horse, even though he came from a wild background. This evening, after getting his feet trimmed, I had to walk him back to his barn down the street.

My daughter, Cassidy, was bummed because she wasn't able to ride her pony tonight. So, I asked her if she wanted to be the 2nd person EVER to ride Rory! Her eyes grew big as she got all excited. I told her that NO ONE had ever rode him bareback before and that she would be TRAINING him how to ride bareback. Boy, did that build her ego! She thought she was queen of the world!

Anyhow, I lifted Cassidy up onto Rory's back. He stood there perfectly, though a bit surprised by the human to horse contact with no saddle between them. Cassidy gave him lots of pets and praises. We walked down the street, the both of them completely in sync together.

Anytime Rory was unsure of Cassidy or if she moved or adjusted her balance, he'd stop and look back at her. This horse is definitely going to be an excellent kids horse! :)

Here's a few pics - sorry, it was dark out so they didn't come out that great :)

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Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:25 pm

What adorable pictures! I think he's got pony hunter written all over him. Maybe you should just keep him for Cassidy? I can see him being a really competitive little show horse for her, and you already know he is incredibly good minded.
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Postby Tatesmom on Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:12 am

I could not agree more Cat, this horse is exceptional, he would make a great partner for Julieanne daughter for many many years. Wow, great job training him Julieanne...
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Postby Rachelle on Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:23 am

I love it when you find a horse that's more concerned for it's rider than himself. It looks like this guy was worried about Cassidy falling off and kept checking to make sure she was still there. He's going to be a great little horse for some lucky person. Great Job!
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Postby softhart on Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:53 am

Juliane,

Wow, you have done an incredible job with him. Cassidy looks so at ease and a perfect fit with him. I agree, junter jumper ring-look out. :P
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Postby AgilityGal on Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:24 pm

He looks like someone's best friend to me. . .companion extraordinaire!
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Grandma horse?

Postby Tockita on Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:49 am

I suspect my own bold young guy Chester (who looks a bit like Rory) will finish out to be My Grandmas Horse. I picture him as the reason the kids will want to come and visit me (once they are born GOD willing)

He is willing to attempt most obstacles and has been sat on by my daughter and the 7 y/o neighbor. The only thing that rattles Chester at this point it flyspray, and the hose until he realizes it ISN'T flyspray.. So I could see Rory easily being a pony clubber or 4H or just that really good little horse you will never sell because you couldn't replace him.

Rory even on the lot reminded me of our Chester, so I have followed his training log. Reading and loving all the tales of his adventures with Juliane, and thinking VERY kind thoughts about the kind soul that got him off the lot. He is one that makes you cry because you know he must have been saved for a purpose and here he is ready to find it.
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