I just returned from heading up north to my good friend's house to spend some time with my former horse/heart horse Rocky. He is a 12 year old grade trotting Rocky Mountain Horse, but is really a lot more like a little Quarter Horse TBH. We were always told he was pure rocky, but I wouldn't be shocked at all if I learned he was part Quarter.
(The following is more background on the situation, it can be skipped if wanted because I ramble )
I pretty much trained him completely on my own and we work extremely well together. I only really sold him because I was wanting to get more into English riding and he's just really not that kind of horse and because I felt that I look awkward on him (because I'm 5'7" and he's 13.3hh), but at this point since I'm going back to more Western riding I'm seriously considering buying him back if she'll sell him. I'm 18 and only 115lbs and have thinner frames in my genes (plus I'm vegan and it's pretty hard to gain too much weight when you're vegan ) so I'm nowhere near too heavy for him, it's more proportion that had been bothering me...but at this point I don't care very much. Plus my total beginner girlfriend who is only 5'1 and never been around horses in her life will be moving up here very shortly and I'm wanting to teach her to ride, and Rocky would also be totally perfect for that.
He's been teaching lessons to young kids up there, and really IMO he's much more of a finely-tuned working horse type because he's extremely intelligent and soft and I trained him more that way. He really does extremely well with experienced riders and is just so-so as a lesson horse. He's really much too smart to plod around an arena...he may be lazy, but he still gets bored! So I'm hoping to work something out with her. I just really had the time to stop and think...and I realized I think it was kind of dumb of me to part with him because I know it's a rare opportunity to find a horse that you work quite this perfectly with, even if he is just a little pony.
Anyway, so sorry for ranting but admittedly it's 4am here and I'm way too awake right now...yet tired at the same time...weird thing that happens to me a lot....and I get rambley
Now for the pictures! Most are from the end of a ride when I took off the saddle (because it hurt my butt haha because I grew out of it, I really need to get a new one soon) and we were just hanging out talking to my mom and she was photographing us, lol..I don't know why she didn't take any when we were actually in motion. I think she may have more on her phone...no clue what she has on there, though, and it might be more of the same, but I will see if I can get them tomorrow or soon.