Well I wouldn't normally post a story about a horse that I am training for someone else but I couldn't resist sharing the story of this guy with everyone.
This is Monarchy, a little (14.1hh) 13 year old Arabian gelding who has been a very successful halter horse all of his life but never broken to saddle. He has had wins at regionals and the Houston Livestock show amongst other awards. Although his conformation isn't overly suited to being a good show horse (with that big long neck), he makes up for it with willingness and spirit. Also, he is a little podgier than I like at the moment (not my horse, not my place to comment) which makes it hard to fit a saddle properly and keep it from slipping forwards sometimes as you can see in the pics. He is like a sausage on legs.
I call this little guy Monkey as that is truly his personality - cheeky, playful and intelligent, an absolute pleasure to work with. I also refuse to use a horse name that has more than two syllables
He must have been one of the easiest horses I have ever broken in as he was so quick and willing to learn anything and everything I had to teach him. I think to get him walk trot and canter some circles in the arena took all of two weeks. Now we are working on perfecting his gaits and getting him to bend and flex comfortably.
Now I have had very little to do with Arabian showing and just stumbled into it when I arrived here in Texas. Although I don't plan to show Arabians any time soon myself I have been training youngsters for a few different people here in the Houston area and have also been fortunate enough to work with some very well known and respected people in the world of Arabians and have learnt a lot. One of the things I find difficult, and this is just a personal thing, is getting used to riding small horses with big gaits! My job will really just be to give him the best basics I can and let someone else do all the showing.
Anyway the first two are showing off why he was successful in halter and the last three are him under saddle: Monkey unsaddled.jpg Monkey unsaddled 2.jpg Monkey 1.jpg Monkey 2.jpg Monkey 3.jpg