I cannot wait to get a) more training and b) get to some clinicians. That being said, I did state I would want to wait till January and February really taking time to find "my" horse... Teehee... but didn't make the bill without my best riding friends.
On Tuesday afternoon, my BFF called me and sent me an ad to a horse 7 hours drive away from us with the words "he'd be PERFECT!"
I looked at the ad and the first thing I saw was "Arab" ... Forget it, I'm not gonna do a crazy hot head...
The second thing I read were the details:
- 2nd level Dressage
- 14 years old
- safe for intermediate rider
- temper 6/10 (yep, too hot)
So, in the end we still drove down there on Wednesday to try him out.
Well, what can I say. My trainer rode him, then I rode him, and between the three of us there was HUGE miscommunication on how to ride him.
BFF (who owns an arab) told me: Ride light, like you would ride mine. Little leg, only seat, no rein.
The horse was confused (and so was I ) and we went no where.
Then the owner let fly that he was trained by a German Dressage Rider. I started to grin. My trainer started to laugh, got back on him and rode him with everything we had (leg, seat, reins, etc.). He was rusty as he hadn't been ridden in ages but after a few moments, his ears went forward/sideways and his hole expression changed to "Thank god, she knows what she's doing, I know where I have to be now" and worked SOOOO well...
So I got back on and rode him the way I used to ride and lo and behold we got the most amazing gaits out of him.
It just flowed and we worked together
He walked after me like a puppy-dog when I led him to "dry and cool out" through the arena and then back to the pasture and is very much content to be cuddled.
Well :) in further speech I heard that he used to be a performer at "Arabian Nights", knows how to do bow on command and react to body clues ad liberty and that he was regularly dressage ridden as well.
My trainer said, there is at least a 2nd level horse in there and the way he reacted once she "figured him out" there is at least a 3rd/4th level horse in the making if age does not get in the way. He's 14 now.
This is going to be the longest week ever ! I'm bringing him home in a week and he'll be with my trainer for the first 4 weeks (the time I'll be in Europe) and she'll ride him regularly and get his stamina back up.
For your viewing experience, here is a video of my boy straight from Arabian nights:
PS: His mane and tail are naturally black - they died it for the show.
PPS: I'm considering maybe a new barn name for him (Forevernight is very cumbersome) :c) I'll gladly take ideas :c)