It seemed to resonate with folks then and now, with the arrival of our mustang Jolene and Smokey, it seemed a good time to reflect and review the past. We learn from our experiences. I am more knowledgeable now but I still feel like that new owner everyday!
My active adult riding and horse owning experience
began in late 2001. Before becoming a “horse owner” I was being “instructed” by my then girlfriend and her really great Quarterhorse Rocky. Rocky was in his late teens at the time. He had been a team penner and cutting horse. He was rock solid yet had opinions on a great many things. He was gentle with kids (and idiots like me) yet brooked no tomfoolery on his back. If you tried to rough ride him you were in for it. If you allowed your hands to be quite and your seat somewhat calm he would do anything you asked. In short…he spoiled me. Rocky passed when he was 34 years old. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t cross my mind and heart. I know I’ll see him again when my time comes.
horse, afraid of the round pen, whips and disliked women in general. I was told she had a lazy streak and no lope to speak of…oh and genital busting bouncy trot. Poor thing was on her way to an auction when I came along. A great "first horse", right? Needless to say there was a heated "discussion" about this particular mare in my
house. God bless the gal for sticking by my side even though she
initially disagreed with the purchase. I figured that, being a guy; I was ahead of the game because
both going for me. So armed with a variety of horse training books I began to work with
ignorant and faithful all at the same time. I did exactly what I was "told" to do in the books. I had no ego about what I was doing and put faith in the experience of others who had already "walked the path" I was now on. By the time a year had passed she would go into all three gates with out much fuss. Her trot was still bouncy as all get out so I learned to post. She worked well the round pen and competed in SCA Games on a regular basis. She was rock on the trail too! I learned her moods and her movements. How best to sit her gates, how to cue her and of course what she needed when we were having a "discussion" about doing something. I basically learned to ride while working with this horse. I was mentally and physically adaptive and flexible. I took two lessons…one English and one
western...that's it...it was all my schedule and budget would allow. By the time it was all said and done.
she never really showed me any bad habits I was told she had and she had a great disposition. Over half of the authorized riders in the