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....
 


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