Roryman update

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.

Roryman update

Postby Nickie on Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:28 am

Well, I haven't updated in a while so I thought I'd go ahead and do so. Rory is doing very well and is still an absolute sweetie. I've been riding him and he is sooooo quiet, to the pount of being very lazy. In his mind it isn't logical to exert yourself for "no reason", so that has made training a bit more difficult. I am actually trying to see if any of the Therapeutic Riding Centers nearby might like to free lease him. He is quiet enough and he has that way about him that just draws you in and wraps you up. He loves to walk with his head gently brushing my arm when I am leading him. He just likes to be close to people and loves attention, so I think it actually might be an ideal job for him. Especially because I don't know how sound he'll be in the future. That old scar on his leg is just one of many on his body from a fight with a fence. His left hock is enlarged and has wire scars around it as well as his right foreleg. He must have been tangled up good. It really makes my heart ache to imagine him injured and bleeding and no one there to care for him.

For repairing his scar I was quoted $500+ for a quickie fix and up to $2000 to really make it pretty at New Bolton. So, I am thinking that it's just going to have to stay for a bit. It actually might make him more endearing if he does go to be a therapy horse. All of those "damaged" children would be able to relate to his not being perfect. Plus he has a great story as well. We'll see what happens. Obviously if he did go I'd be keeping a hawks eye on him.

Lately he has had some little girls giving him the royal treatment too. One is 9 and one is 4, and the 4 year old adores him because she can groom and ride him all alone! (in other words her grandma is not holding the reins) He just plods along and really loves those girls. He gets groomed for an hour all the while getting to munch his hay. Talk about luxury!

I will keep everyone posted! :D
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:29 pm

Pictures!!! :)

Connor was the same way. Work? Why? Can't we just eat?
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Postby Nickie on Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:28 pm

OK these aren't real new, but they are different at least....(not very flattering though)



This is his "trough". You can see the ledge a little bit. I usually sit on the ledge and he puts his head in my lap and begs for food. He's such a mooch.
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Postby Hope on Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:47 pm

Rory is absolutely the cutest!!! Thanks for the update.
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Postby ptownevt on Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:02 am

Thanks for the update. Rory will always be one of my favorites. He is absolutely adorable. And what a sap the wild black stallion has turned out to be. It is nice to have read that he's worked it out with the other horses there. I certainly wouldn't worry about cosmetic work to fix the scar. We all have them, don't we? He sounds like he would make a great family horse with some younger kids, doesn't he. The only problem is that the kids invariably grow up and want something faster. Maybe a woman who just wants a lovely horse for a nice trail ride now and then. I'd dare say that most of us middle aged (or older) women aren't quite so keen to ride hell bent for leather any more. I rather enjoy my long leisurely walks on my guy even though he would like to go a bit faster.
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