Originally Posted by horsea
Masatisan: That sounds like a great mix. They both have qualities that the other lacks. If he is the horse in your profile pic, he is beautiful!!! I can really see Arabian but with some draft substance.
Thank you! Yep, that's him, that was his very first time out in his new pasture, the day after he became officially my horse (the full sized pic is in my barn). He was really exited to meet all the new horses and explore his new home.
I remembered another strange thing that happened. Once, when I was at camp, we went out on a trail ride instead of having a lesson. We were heading out to the road (this camp was literally in the middle of nowhere, so the road was more like a well maintained trail) and the smallest horse in our group, a pony named Chester, suddenly started acting very strange. We all stopped to make sure he and his rider were okay. The other horses saw Chester (usually a very calm pony) acting up and started getting antsy themselves, then suddenly he shook himself all over and bent down on both knees, his rider at the same moment, screamed and very gracefully resorted to an smergency dismount leap-frog style, over Chester's bowed head. After that, Chester calmed right down.
We later learned that there was a wasp nest nearby. It's possible that Chester was stung, which explained his behavior, but left us all to wonder, why only Chester?