Welcome to the site featuring Kristie's
This 16.3h gray gelding is
absolutely beautiful. We bought him on New Year's Day, 2004 so we
didn't have to bring home a newly purchased trailer empty! Although he did trot soundly and had nice ground
manners, his owner would neither ride him,
nor allow anyone else to ride him, but would load him on our trailer.
We spent a week working around him, and after his 3 round pen lessons,
2 arena turn outs, 2 paddock turnouts, and 1 pasture turnout with 3
other horses, I
was ready to get on his back 10 days after his arrival. Wearing
chest protector, it took me 5 moves of the mounting block to get him to
stand quietly for me to safely mount; we walked, stopped, and didn't
very quietly. He pawed, impatient that I wanted to stand. We walked a
more and he tried to paw while moving forward! We walked on,
in all different directions, stopped, and I quickly dismounted. I led
back to the mounting block, and remounted--this time in only 3 moves of
the block. He walked calmly and responded nicely to my requests
to turn, but got progressively agitated each time I asked him to stand,
so the next walking period was intermixed wih half halts until he stood
quietly long enough for me to slide to the ground. A successful first
on my 53rd birthday.
During the past month, as
Kristie rode this horse, she became totally enamored with him. So much
husband, Ed, knew Vanity would be the perfect present. Since Ed and I teach
together, it was easy to plan the surprise and make more "Dreams Come
True." Kristie finally has a horse of her own!
Created on January 10, 2004 by Gail Aumiller, and last
updated February 15, 2004.