Galloping Gals and Thunderous Thoroughbreds
|I love alliteration... and this cranky old horse.|
He comes strolling up to me in the pasture with a happy look on his face. The fact that I dutifully bring him in and feed him probably helps keep this adorable and useful habit going. His bump-life has continued unabated. It horrifies my barn manager to see how many cuts and scrapes this horse can accumulate in a single week. He may or may not have given himself a bruised cannon bone and a splint this year. Who even knows how he does these things. As he's retired now, the only thing I care about is functional soundness and his mental joy. It's almost enjoyable to treat his bumps and scrapes and laugh about his accident prone self now that his soundness isn't as important.
|Don't have to be particularly sound to take this dog and I on a walk!|
|Looks like a gait to me, Liz!|
After listening to friends detail fear of galloping, throwing Jan on Pig this summer, and using the old man to mitigate my own baggage from Bast's bolting, I realized Pig's true calling in life. Introducing: Guinness, Senior Manager of Gallop Confidence Instillation.
|He clearly loves his new job.|
I tested out his new calling during a recent visit with Liz. I knew she had some reservations about going fast, especially on a horse who both is fast and unfamiliar. Because of that, I warmed him up for her and we started in the ring. I wanted her to get comfortable with him and get used to the double bridle. (Note: He's in the double because right now I'm down to just that and Bast's snaffle. Whoops.)
She giggled her way around the ring, but when I asked her to go fast her reservations became obvious.
|So did her need for shorter stirrups, haha!|
|Literally the extent of Pig's "bucking". God I love this horse.|
Step 1. Reach up and grab mane.
Step 2. Lean forward.
Step 3. Close your leg and hold on.
Step 4. Stop him by standing up and closing your hand.
Yeah, folks. He's literally that easy. Liz started her first pass with a look of utter terror on her face, but within 3 strides that look had transformed to one of utter joy. Check it out...
|Their faces make me so happy! So does her hand clutching mane for dear life, haha.|
|What is it about going fast on a good horse that is so very much fun? Can we bottle it or something?|
|"This is my only joy in life. It is not hard for me." -- Pig, probably.|
|Another happy customer! Feel that gallop confidence!|
For more fun (and photos!!), please go check out Liz's post on the adventure.
I want to challenge all of you to get out there this weekend and find your own horse-related joy. That might be galloping on your very own good horse, spending some quality time, or perfecting that lateral movement. In any case, share with me what your favorite things to do with your horse are, and whether you've ever been able to share that with another. (And to anyone out there who needs a good dose of gallop confidence, Pig is currently accepting customer applications.)
|Get out there and find your happy place!|