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smrobs 11-13-2013 12:55 AM

Have I mentioned lately...
 
how much I love this big guy?

It is so easy to forget sometimes that I only started him under saddle in about June. So far, he's been completely trustworthy. It doesn't seem to matter how long it's been since he was last rode or what the weather is doing, he's always centered and calm. I can pull him out and ride him however the heck I want; bareback, saddled, bridle, halter, without so much as a hint of a problem.

So, without further ado, here's my big baby, Rafe (various pictures, not all of them really recent).
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i.../DSCN00052.jpg

He'll lead up next to anything and stand rock steady while I climb on.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN0028.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2898.jpg

He has even carried me faithfully home...at a lope...in the pouring rain...bareback and in a halter....while I had my eyes closed against the rain.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2881.jpg

Semi trucks going by on the highway? No problem
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2381.jpg

Walking right up next to a loud oil pump? No problem!
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2385.jpg

Standing here looking gorgeous both naked and under saddle? Check ;)
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2372.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2957.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN2951.jpg

Proof of total awesomeness? Check
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN0048.jpg

tinyliny 11-13-2013 12:57 AM

It never hurts to say it again.

HorseLovinLady 11-13-2013 01:45 AM

He's gorgeous!!

SorrelHorse 11-13-2013 02:17 AM

It's crazy how young horses are just like sponges. I started the ones at work under saddle about the same time and they are so far along now it's crazy...You don't think it's possible to get them so broke so fast, but they just absorb all you give them!

I absolutely love this big ol' guy. He's a one in a million!

Cherrij 11-13-2013 03:55 AM

If he was mine, I would say it all over again, every day :P

He is gorgeous and just one of a kind :)

Endiku 11-13-2013 11:56 AM

You have no idea how much I love Rafe. What an amazing gelding...with an amazing trainer! Is he as comfy as he looks to ride bareback?

CLaPorte432 11-13-2013 12:01 PM

I'm in love with this big guy. :-)

He's complete awesome.
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smrobs 11-13-2013 12:25 PM

Thanks ya'll :D.

Endiku, he's a little more angular bareback than he appears (he's not as flat as even Dobe is) and it took a little getting used to, but he's definitely comfortable.

Golden Horse 11-13-2013 12:28 PM

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN0048.jpg



King of the hill for sure!

DraftyAiresMum 11-13-2013 12:36 PM

Love me some Rafe!
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