The week after Christmas was extremely busy. I was at the barn every morning to feed, as Kyla was spending most of the week in New York. (We normally divvy up the days.) I got a lot of good riding in on nearly all of the horses.
On Tuesday, Gina was being an absolute beast. She was galloping back and forth along the fence line, whinnying as if she was a wild stallion. (If you’ve heard Gina’s whinny, you’ll know this isn’t an exaggeration. She really does sound like a stallion.) Kyla had assured me it was fine if I rode Cal while she was out of town, so I caught him and hopped aboard. I like Cal; he’s a very green 8 year old OTTB gelding. He’s a real sweetheart and very levelheaded and game. Anne and her teenage daughter were out riding Atut (who was being very obstinate), but Anne offered me some pointers and soon Cal was going along nicely, accepting the bit and happily bending through circles and serpentines at a walk and trot. Anne was so impressed with him she even rode him for a bit. Here they are, looking very nice:
|Anne and Cal.|
On Wednesday, Colt arrived. Colt (or Big Red as I like to call him) is an extremely large (we’re talking 17+hh) 6 year old Oldenburg gelding. He was bred by Linda (my boss/the barn owner) and is owned by her son. Colt’s dam (the TB broodmare Cherry Ice) and half-sister (the pinto Oldenburg Xeta) live at the barn. His sire is the great Oldenburg Wradar (who also happens to be all of Gina’s foals’ sire). Over Christmas, my boss and I convinced Colt’s owner Zach to bring him to the farm so I could ride him. Zach is an attorney with three young children who would like to ride but doesn’t have a lot of time. He hadn’t been able to pay as much attention to Colt as he would have liked upon Colt’s return from the trainer. As a result, Colt had become very pushy to both humans and other horses. Zach explained Colt wasn’t a bad horse; he just seemed to know he was much bigger than everyone else and could get away with bad habits.
By Thursday morning, Colt had been designated middle horse: definitely below Gina, but slightly above the good-natured Cal.
|Little Red (Cal, left) and Big Red (Colt, right)|
At first glance, the two horses don’t look too different in the picture above, but check out their backs! Colt is nearly two full hands taller than Cal! I longed Colt in the round pen on Thursday. I only wish I’d been able to take a video- his movement is absolutely gorgeous. His longeing is good- he definitely knows the drill. His ground manners are another story. He’s difficult to catch, and a pain to bridle. However, he stands tied quietly, stands quietly for mounting, and has a pleasant attitude under saddle. He has a very solid foundation and simply needs to be ridden.