Rainer’s (AKA Summer Snow) first ride with Devin was amazing. After getting his feet trimmed, shoes put on, and a bath from Emily, it was time to see what he could do under saddle. He stood nicely in the cross ties while Devin assessed the tack situation to find what would be best for him. It took a couple of tries! This boy has a big chest! Needed a size 50 girth, I think that is because he has such a big heart. Devin sums him up as, “Trustworthy and straightforward.”
Rainer handled the trip to the outdoor arena like an old pro. He stood quietly at the mounting block for Devin to get aboard. He is one tall guy, so it’s a good thing he happily stands still to be mounted. He walked off like a gentleman and took a tour around the arena. He was calm and handled all the jump standards that were placed around the arena, the shadows, and other potentially scary elements, without a hitch in his step. Even the other horses who came up to the arena fence line to watch the action didn’t bother him. But then he is an OTTB, so he has fan experience, handled noise, and seen 8 different tracks in his lifetime. All that life experience shows.
After checking out the arena, it was off to work and see what he could do. Devin enjoyed the ride! He has a nice big trot that covered ground at an even pace. He wasn’t rushing around or fussing with his bridle, just a nice even trot. His long legs were gorgeous to watch. Devin described him as being,” In front of the leg without being hot.”
Since the trot went so well, it was time to check out his canter.
Once again Devin was pleased. He picked up both leads no problem. His canter wasn’t rushing/racing. He can understand leg cues and have a relaxed rein while keeping an even pace.
Overall impression after the first ride? “He is a fun, easy guy to work with and I am looking forward to him learning a little more each day,” said Devin.
My overall impression… he is a quite a beauty with a lovely personality to boot!
Oh, and the farrier also had great things to say about him. He stood nice and quiet while getting his feet done.