Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
There's a little girl at my old barn whose parents bought her the most amazing gelding. Our BO had bought about a dozen horses from a ranch going out of business in New Mexico, hoping to find a few to use on his dude string (he ended up only keeping one). Blaze was one of the horses in that group. This horse is, for lack of a better word, perfect. He has the smoothest trot and lope, side-passes, ropes (head or heel), does rollbacks and sliding stops perfectly, and just has the sweetest temperament. We started calling him "Blaze the Wonder Horse" because, well, he is.
So this little girl was taking lessons from my friend who is the trainer there and falls in love with Blaze. Her dad (a doctor) buys him for $6k, then buys her all new tack for him. The best thing EVER is watching M (the little girl) tack up Blaze. She has to use a mounting block to saddle him (he's all of 15hh, but she's nine and kinda petite for her age), but he stands like a rock, even when it takes her a few tries to get the saddle on right. He drops his head to be bridles without being asked and will wait patiently while she puts his bridle on, even if she pokes him a few times. He does absolutely everything M asks of him under saddle and never gets all crazy/out of control.
The one day M's mom went to saddle Blaze up for M's lesson after school (M hadn't gotten off the bus yet), Blaze was an absolute turd for her.
I went out to my old barn one day to mess with Aires and there was this little girl (not M) riding my trainer friend's Arab gelding. My friend was nowhere in sight, the girl wasn't wearing a helmet and she had a friend with her. Now, Rex is 15.2hh of crazy Arab that my friend will only let a few people (basically my best friend and I) even lead to turnout, never mind ride. He's hot, spooks easy and is completely unpredictable under saddle and on the ground. So, I was a little worried when I saw this little girl (who is an absolute beginner and one of those "know it all" types) riding Rex. I texted my best friend to see if anyone had permission to ride Rex (his owner was out of town and couldn't be reached, but this little girl "said" she had permission to ride him whenever she wanted). Then I start noticing that she's got the saddle cinched up wrong (it is an expensive custom endurance saddle with center-fire rigging), the saddle pad on backwards, and not only is she using the wrong bit/bridle, but she's got it on wrong (upside down)!! Rex never put one toe out of line with her up there, though. It was really like he knew he needed to take care of her, no matter what. Needless to say, the little girl got in SERIOUS trouble. Not only was she not supposed to be anywhere near Rex, but she lied to her mom and the BO about getting permission. Not the first (or, unfortunately, the last) time she's lied like that at the barn, either.
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