The mare I lease is having some lameness issues so the owner of the farm told me I could ride the other available horse until my mare gets better.
I had seen Jerry in the barn and the pasture and knew everyone referred to him as a grumpy old man but a fun ride.
Jerry is a 30 year old QH gelding with a sway back who tries to bite when you tighten the girth.
But wow....what a great ride.
We started out on the trails behind the farm. Hubby leases a TWH and Jerry kept having to trot to keep up but he seemed fine so I didn't worry. The farm owner assured me that Jerry was capable of w/t/c and not to "baby" him. Jerry would let me know if he couldn't do something. When we got back to the farm, hubby took his horse for a run in the arena and Jerry followed. I had to slow him down into a lope...he wanted to gallop. I had to laugh. He still has a lot of "go" in him. I decided to run some barrels with him and he did great. My mare, who used to be a champion barrel racer, will not get up to speed with me. Jerry couldn't wait to run the pattern.
I ended our day by giving him a few treats and a nice cool shower with some thing that smelled like menthol. The farm owner gave it to me telling me it helps cool him down and also feels good on his muscles.
I have only been riding for about 3 years so I am still learning about horses but I am amazed at how much this old fella can do and how much he seems to enjoy doing it. Just have to work on the girth issue.