Rory, the english pony prospect?!

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, the english pony prospect?!

Postby Juliane on Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:09 pm

I went down to the arena today to work with Rory. To be honest, the poor guy hadn't been ridden since the CBER Prize Ride over a week ago and simply needed to get out and work. He recently seems to have started growing his winter coat in abundance (ugh!) and is gaining weight like crazy! I had increased Baby's hay a bit, in order to see him gain some weight - though instead, Rory is getting it all. Argh!

In any case, I borrowed Chelsea's Courbette english saddle and her bitless bridle to see just how cute the Rory-man would look all dolled up in English tack. If I do say so myself, he looked mighty fine! (even if he was a bit on the pudgy side!)

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We went to the arena, where I mounted up. I didn't spend my typical pre-riding time lunging him and getting him warmed up. I just got on and rode. However, do take note that I am *not* an English rider! :P I've ridden in an English saddle perhaps half a dozen times. So, I likely look foolish and uncomfortable in most of these pictures.

I was also using Chelsea's very cool bitless bridle on Rory - something I had never used on him before. What I didn't realize is that I didn't have it on properly. When I got home, I checked out the website and saw that the second cheek strap is actually supposed to cross under the jowls, re-enforcing steering capabilities!

I guess that would explain why, for the first time ever, Rory's head would be turned in the direction I was asking, while his body was still going straight! Hmmm! Now that I know how to properly put it on, I can try it again. I sure like the idea of it!

Anyhow, Rory and I walked and trotted, doing serpentines and circles. Neither of us totally relaxed in our English riding mode, but we faked it as well as we could. I think next time will be better, for both of us!

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When I was cooling Rory out, my lovely daughter, Cassidy, came and rode next to Rory and I. How funny to see that Ms. Sweetie was just about as big as Rory! Hmmph! :P

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Here's a very short clip of Rory and I trying to get into the swing of things - note how he's got his shoulder out in most of the turns, even though I was directing him with both rein and leg pressure. I can't wait to see how he does if I have the bitless bridle on properly! :P

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Postby Altanera on Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:19 am

He looks great!! Also, posting makes it more comfortable to ride english then sitting all the time. :wink:
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Postby seahorse on Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:17 am

hee hee you can take the girl away from the western saddle and she is still a cowgirl!! I love it! He is adorable in english tack!
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:53 pm

That's the same bridle I got for Sunline, who does not do bits. I love it!

Rory is very cute English...I really do see a hunter pony there.
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