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post #1 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Have I mentioned lately...

how much I love this big guy?

It is so easy to forget sometimes that I only started him under saddle in about June. So far, he's been completely trustworthy. It doesn't seem to matter how long it's been since he was last rode or what the weather is doing, he's always centered and calm. I can pull him out and ride him however the heck I want; bareback, saddled, bridle, halter, without so much as a hint of a problem.

So, without further ado, here's my big baby, Rafe (various pictures, not all of them really recent).

He'll lead up next to anything and stand rock steady while I climb on.

He has even carried me faithfully home...at a lope...in the pouring rain...bareback and in a halter....while I had my eyes closed against the rain.

Semi trucks going by on the highway? No problem

Walking right up next to a loud oil pump? No problem!

Standing here looking gorgeous both naked and under saddle? Check ;)

Proof of total awesomeness? Check
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 12:57 AM
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It never hurts to say it again.
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post #3 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 01:45 AM
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He's gorgeous!!
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Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 02:17 AM
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It's crazy how young horses are just like sponges. I started the ones at work under saddle about the same time and they are so far along now it's crazy...You don't think it's possible to get them so broke so fast, but they just absorb all you give them!

I absolutely love this big ol' guy. He's a one in a million!
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 03:55 AM
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If he was mine, I would say it all over again, every day :P

He is gorgeous and just one of a kind :)
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 11:56 AM
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You have no idea how much I love Rafe. What an amazing gelding...with an amazing trainer! Is he as comfy as he looks to ride bareback?
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post #7 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 12:01 PM
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I'm in love with this big guy.

He's complete awesome.
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post #8 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks ya'll .

Endiku, he's a little more angular bareback than he appears (he's not as flat as even Dobe is) and it took a little getting used to, but he's definitely comfortable.
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-13-2013, 12:36 PM
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Love me some Rafe!
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