Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Faces

I ride Courage all the time. redheadlins rides him regularly, and Alyssa pops on now and then. I try (sometimes) to ride other horses and I think it's really good for Courage to learn to carry other riders of all skill levels. Part of training the little man this year has involved letting him toodle around with different riders.

In no particular order:
He is the best at making funny faces
A friend from the track who hasn't had much saddle time. She started on the lunge line, but was able to confidently steer and do some basic transitions on her own by the end of the session. Courage's first time with a beginner up and he did great.

One of those fearless jumper girls that we all wish we were. She's actually ridden Courage a couple of times now, most notably when it was something like zero degrees in January and he had to figure out how to deal with frozen footing and uneven ground.

Courage rose to her level and they started out a little rocky, but ended up popping around a little jump course. Can't fake those smiles.

And then Rinsie from Nanakorobi Yaoki came to play! I haven't gotten to hang out with her much since we now board on opposite ends of our little world (geographically), but she's moving away and leaving us west coasties here soon so we had to do something.

I was SUPER paranoid that he would do something insane and hurt her right before her big trip. I don't know why. I have made a cross country move with a broken arm and I can tell you I wouldn't recommend it. Regardless, she rode well, he behaved, and if calamity strikes, it won't be because of C-rage.

I think Courage is starting to get it. He's learning to communicate with each rider a little differently. He's got it in his head that this is his job and he isn't doing anything too silly. It's all a part of the plan. I want Courage to be a super fun all-around horse, and that includes being mentally flexible enough to accept all levels of riders.

I hope to start mixing it up and hauling out more in the near future. I'm even day dreaming about maybe a dressage lesson (in the heated indoor) this winter*. Plus team penning. I need to get him exposed to cows. Ha! We'll see how things go.

*It's really more about the heated indoor than the dressage. We'll see if he's trained enough to be able to see the fancy trainer without totally embarrassing ourselves.


  1. Do the lesson. From my experience, good trainers don't mind helping you with your lower-level problems and your untrained horses. They get a kick out of watching their students make connections and get it. Take the leap. :)

    Plus, you know, heated indoor...

  2. I think it's a huge compliment to your work when someone new gets on your horse and they have a great ride! Way to go C-rage!

  3. Heated indoor...swoon...

  4. i totally agree with your ideas about horses being well-rounded and flexible, and able to deal with multiple riders. (same goes for riders too - ride all the ponies you can!!)

    and yes - definitely haul out for rides & lessons! making that part of my normal routine with isabel has really added to her maturity

  5. I love it when different people ride my horse! Very fun

  6. Yes, so good for them to have different riders, just as it is for us to have different mounts if we can!

  7. How fun. I've always been a wierdo about letting people on my horses. Hopefully, I can improve once the Bay is going 100%. I think its really cool seeing all the experiences c-rage has had.

  8. Woohoo, it's great to have a flexible horse that you can trust to mind friends. Sadly this is not Kika, she's just too darn opinionated...but so far Nancy is shaping up to be the gem i had hoped she'd be.
    Keeping everything crossed for the heated indoor ☺

  9. Do all the dressage lessons! They are the best :)

  10. I think that if other people can get on your horse, especially beginners, and get along with him, you've done your job well! You seriously have such a cool horse!

  11. I will follow you with a camera to anywhere heated this winter. Goddamn cold.


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