Walt & Trollet
These two are the perfect pair. Trollet was the first horse Walt ever rode here, and the first horse he started learning on. Walt had never really gotten to get into riding due to the fact he's missing half of his right arm, there hasn't really been a horse to come along that just clicks with him. Until little chunky Trollet came along. The two were just perfect for one another, Trollet was never stubborn with him, and responding amazingly well to Walt's cues, despite never responding like that to anyone else. Trollet is trained as a dressage horse, and never jumped for anyone till Walt tried popping him over a jump, and he gave it his all for his scrawny rider. From that point on, Walt's manage to get Trollet to jump higher, and is the only person who can get that pony to jump. Trollets never jumped with anyone else but Walt, and the two have an unbreakable bond. Trollets never gonna be a fancy show jumper, he's far to slow, and can barely do a rollback at a trot, but Walt's never minded. He lets Trollet go at his pace, and the two just ride to enjoy one another's companionship. Everytime Walt walks into the barn isle and Trollet hear's his voice, his ears prick forward and he whinnies for him, and Walt's face lights up whenever he sees this pony. Hopefully these two will continue to have many more rides together, and as Walt's instructor it's been great seeing these two strive
Mark and Mark.
I rode our horse, Mark, I'm also named Mark, so it's a very odd experience yelling at yourself to pick up the right lead. (I.e. "dammit Mark get the distance right" and collectively talking to both yourself and your horse.) It was a pretty relaxed ride, we didn't do any huge jumps, just some simple verticals, some combinations. Mark's a great horse though, he's got a good head on his shoulders, he's bomb-proof, and's got a lot of muscle on him. (that sentence is also awkward to type, but if you replace horse with guy it still applies ) i'm looking forward to doing a lot more work with this horse when it gets a little warmer and we can do a bit more work without burning both our lungs out!
Hurray for the Riffraff
I've working a lot with my Thoroughbred - APH cross, Riffraff, and we've started working under saddle recently! I got Riffraff a month or so back, since the horse I've been riding for the last 15 years, my trusty Robin Hood, had worsening arthritis, and respiratory issues. This was a very hard thing for me to do, both me and Robbie had started off together in the racing industry, and I was young and ignorant and was taught by the trainers around me that it was okay to start riding and racing a horse at like- age 1 or 2. Robin was unfortunately subjected to that, along with some drugging here and there- but we grew close nonetheless, and once I was too 'big' to be a jokey, I bought Robin and trained him myself. But, due to young ignorance, he's not been able to live out his life fully and be ridden and shown anymore, and my wife suggested I get myself another horse to train by myself. I was very reluctant when we started looking, but then of course I came across this big, orange and white mare, who was weightlessly cantering around her paddock, showing off the same flare Robin once had, and I fell in love. One thing lead to another, and I bought Riffraff.
Riffraff has been an absolute dream to work with, she's got a great character, and is a fantastic mover. Admittedly, she's not the smartest mare, (cough the one time she literally spooked at her own shadow in the round pen cough) but she's got great potential! From the first few rides I've had with her, she's felt very smooth and weightless, as if she's actually floating. She's never really naughty, she's very playful though, which is understandable for a four year old. When Riffraff found out about canter and lead changing with a rider, she gets insanely excited and loves to speed up. I will admit, as of right now I'm just letting her have fun, and I'm really working on getting a good relationship with this mare. So far I think I've got a pretty good one, hell, the week after getting her she started running up to me in her paddock! I'm really excited to get more work done with her, I'm hoping to start showing her in the spring, and I know for the very far future I'd like to use her as a broodmare once she's retired- which will be quite a while from now. Idealy, I would love to have a foal from her and Robin, but unfortunately I'm sure by that time Robin will have passed,,, getting away from the sappy stuff, I really see a good future for the flashy mare!