Today Arkie was my last mount of the day....I got on out side the barn and walked to the arena, and he was perfectly content and quiet. He was much more confident in the arena, even without the lunging and gave me some really fantastic trot work. I am tempted to put a small spur on as his barrel is SO big that I can't do much to help him out due to my size, but we still can work it out and put in a good ride.

We (together) got to experience riding in an arena with another horse and he was awesome. We also did some trot poles, which he could not really figure out at first (he kept stepping on them....) until he kept eyeing them and I almost did not let him go back to it, but finally I let him drift that way and he did it perfectly every time. He then was eyeing every jump as we went by, he seemed very eager to take those poles more seriously!!! I also had a jump school on two of my other horses so I think he was taking notes on that part. 

All in all he was consistently soft and willing and much better than the day before. I am wondering why his owner did not bring him to me sooner, as he would be greatly benefited by some extra muscling behind and less of a giant hay belly. However, if I had this horse in my barn for longer than he is intended to right now, he would never ever leave.  I am all smiles from start to finish he is so much fun (even though he's out of shape!)  and he is safe enough that after he got some muscling and could carry and balance himself better, I would not hesitate to teach on him (he respects the word "whoa" so well and is SO balanced through his downwards transitions!)  Anyway, I really can't afford to keep adding to my collection of horses and it's the owners wishes to send him to Fair Hill so he's going! 

The person that snatches this horse will be one lucky person!

And actually! Tomorrow I may have another rider coming so I can sneak some videos of him actually going with a rider, so anyone that finds this page via RRTP can have a sneak peek at our boy! 

:)
 
 
Well, true to fashion I'm a sucker....well for most horses but especially good soul, kind hearted guys that just want to do good. That is exactly what I am finding with mr. Arc.

Arkie was literally pulled out of the pasture last night, trail ridden to my farm, ponying ms. Mona and chucked into his field, where this afternoon I took him away from his new pal and proceeded right into the barn for some ground work and confidence building. He is 8, came off the track in 2010 and really I do not know how much has been done with him. His owner is away (which is why he came to me) so I just decided to wing it and start him like the rest....at the beginning.

It took a little bit of whoa and go exercises on the ground to get him to lick and chew and start listening to me, but this paid off because although his friend was screaming for attention, he did not seem to care and remained focused on me at all times....

Now to the fun part....I had no idea what to expect as far as lunging or riding. He seemed to know what he was doing but see how far I was going to push him if he pretended he did not know (case and point, lunging to the right) after some "I am serious, I know you know this" work (just some smaller circles and "whoa" then "walk" etc.) he realized it was a worthless argument and he went along fine. He would not canter on the lunge so I hopped on, just like that actually...

The best feeling in the world for me is a horse that you get on and immediately wants to be long and relaxed in their frame, not so much long and low (which I do not prefer for babies and greenies, initially....I feel like thats asking for a trip or fall or a buck even) and Arc did just that, had a nice long frame and a relaxed way of going...so after walking the arena some, we moved up to trot and in a matter of minutes he softened his top line and was willing to come round. Around the corners he was moving his ribcage over and allowing himself to be properly balanced. The canter transition was sticky, but the cadence and rhythm was absolutely wonderful in the gait itself. Both leads were solidly in place....all in all, the most boring "I don't even know this horse to guess what he will do" ride....but I am not complaining. 

He rides LIKE A COUCH with the smoothest gaits I've ever felt. I do think he will make someone a great, great little horse.....which brings me to say he will be at the TB for All event at Fair Hill this weekend, so come and visit and check us out. I am going to try and do a daily blog for anyone that may be interested so they can kindof get a feel for him as I start to figure him out....

And as most are wondering, here are a couple of photos of the sweet, sweet boy....