I got my horse assignment today! He is a 15.2h sold sorrel paint gelding with 3 white socks named Dirty Character. The owners are a breeding farm out in Idaho, the people who sent him were seniors last year in the program and requested me for the horse
I felt pretty special, a girl in my class is very close with the owners and she told me that they asked if I could handle a challenge, she told them yes. Soooooooo he's a bit of a nervous nelly, I assume he is hard to catch because they left the halter on him. It took me about 10 minutes to catch him in the stall. As soon as I touched him he had a cow.
After I caught him I took some time to rub the whip all over him, rub on him, talk to him. I started pulling him around in the stall to see how responsive he is. After a while he started to relax, I took him out of the stall into the main arena. His expression was
the whole time, I power walked him for a good 15 mintues, he was too nervous to really work on anything so I just let him look around and soak it all in. He's certainly a looker, nicely placed neck, nice shoulder, ok hip. The teachers really like him, one told me he's one of the better looking ones.
I will be putting up pictures later of Leroy (my horse) and the vanner. Tomorrow we start round penning them and working with ground manners. Each person gets a sheet of papers with the owners names, and information about the horse. The owners said that Leroy has been ridden at the walk and trot with side pulls BUT they still consider him "unbroke"........i wonder why? To me that is green but who knows, they said he was a challenge perhaps he was a real trouble maker under saddle. I have worked with a mentally unstable horse before, not saying he's unstable but iv had a little experience with the exploding types. Which I have a feeling he might be and exploder. Guess I wont know untill I get on
wish me luck!