Ah yes, my Lacy. She's my baby. I bought my wife a colt right at three years ago. (His name is Jack). So, the girl I got him from asked my wife to ride with her........she was having fun so I bought her Sonny, a Palomino Appendix quarter horse.
She got to having so much fun she decided I should go with her. So, I though, if I must, I'm going to ride a Cadillac. Enter Lacy.
Lacy is a Legacy Tennessee Walking horse, registered Spotted Saddle horse. Her blood line is many crosses of Midnight Sun, and Merry Go Boy, and has many other big name show horses in her blood.
When I brought her home, she wasn't a real happy horse. She had a hoof abscess almost immediately, and just wasn't willing to trust me, or my wife for that matter. She bit me a couple of times, and yelled the scream that mares do. I really thought I'd bought the wrong horse....Kind of "oh know", what do I do now? Thought about selling her.
I didn't ride her for a couple of months. Just ground worked her a few minutes every afternoon after her hoof healed.
The first time we went to ride, I saddled her up and walked her around the trails, never got on her, never tried to mount. I think she thought I was crazy. We got back to the trailer and I unsaddled her, loaded her up and took her home.
When I first rode her, not knowing her que's, she was, well, a bit gamey.
Two years later, what a jewel she is. She's my girl friend,very affectionate, loves peppermints, loves to be groomed. Makes a bad day good just being around her.
I learned to communicate with her and get her into her gaits, and can usually get her into the one I want.
My horse lives here with us, and I spent a lot of time just hanging out with her. I'd practice random acts of kindness with her, (and still do, she's very spoiled) show up with some watermelon, apples or carrots. Wipe the eye buggers out of her eyes.....ask her to pick up her feet....pet her and ask her to move over....just little things that don't really amount to much..I put sun screen on her twice a day as she's a bald face horse and burns easy.
I bought her a fly mask a week or so ago. I pitched it in her stall and let her smell it. Asked her to let me put it on. She refused. So, I just stood there, holding it, and she finally came up and stood for me, she let me put it on, but it was her idea. We're still learning about each other, but I never rush her, and I think sometimes it takes her a little bit to figure out what I'm asking her, but when she does then she's okay with it. There again, I wait on her to come around rather than try to force my will on her. See trusts me, but still has some issues with new scary things, but given a minute or two, we work through it.
Believe it or not, when I finally did get on her, and until this day, she's never bucked or tried to dump me, she's always the perfect lady.
Needless to say, I never would have dreamed it possible, how much I've learned to love her.
Something about getting a 1100 pound animal to do a few simple things is quite satisfying to me. I'm just a beginner, and am awed by those who teach there horses to do amazing things.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.