Sunday, December 21, 2014

TOA Blog Hop: Making of the Horse(s)

Moving onwards and upwards from last weeks blog hop,  Beka from The Owls Approve asks a rather interesting and thought provoking round of questions. I find that Beka's blog hops are giving me so much more information on other blogger's horses!

So this week:

Who trained your horse?  Is your ponykins still in the process of figuring out this whole monkey-on-my-back thing, did you send off for thirty or sixty or ninety days, or did you buy a horse with all the bells and whistles?  Who has helped your horse become what he or she is today?

Mare says, "HA, this is easy!"

I will start off with Suzie, as ironically, I know pretty much nothing about her past training or credentials. After speaking with her original breeder I found out she was started by a trainer in Alberta. After that, there is a large 14 year gap that I cannot seem to fill. I do know that she spent some time being a drill team horse and a barrel horse - she must've done it quite a bit, as she knows the pattern and does the entire sequence on her own. When I bought her, I rode her bareback and bridleless on our third ride and have done so ever since. She is a reliable, steady-eddie type horse and certainly knows her job. The lessons we did back in September have helped out a lot and I intend to take many more clinics next year to improve my Western Horsemanship skills.

This little kid riding shit is the best.

With Ms. Mare being 21, she is well acquainted with having a "monkey" on her back and is a rather solid riding horse. Although I am uncertain as to how she was broke or what training she ever received, it became glaringly evident someone spent a lot of time training her - and training her well (As found out through the clinic I did this past September). She takes a bit to figure out because if you piss her off she will try and kill you (like most red mares), but once you get a good working relationship with her, you have her heart.

Green-broke to saddle.

Ah, dear little Spudlet. I bought him back in September and right away sent him for Driving training with a Trainer who specialized in miniatures (she does drive various other equines as well). Spud had been ground-driven extensively with his previous owner for about 2-3 months and was quite solid in harness tack, he had however, never been hitched to a cart. Additionally, his previous owner also broke him to saddle, although I am not certain how extensive his saddle training was. I knew I wouldn't be able to break him to a cart on my own, so I sent him to the Trainer for just over 60 days.

For his future training, I will be his primary driver. I don't think I will be sending him away for any more training, as we do not have a driving trainer in the area and I don't think I could justify sending him 12hrs away for more training unless it was a dangerous issue. In the Spring I will also start breaking him to saddle with a rider. I have big plans for this little guy, he just doesn't know it yet.



  1. Looking forward to Spud's and yours driving journey!

  2. Suzie sounds like such a fun ride! and Spud.... i just can't get enough of him lol! all Spud pics alllll the time plz!