The Virtues of Age

SS-Face-w-Bridle-fenceThe years teach much which the days never knew.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

At 9 years old, Rainier (AKA Summer Snow) is the oldest horse in the 100 Day Challenge. What does that mean?  From what I have observed since he arrived at Blue Rider Farm, it has meant a horse who handles change well; trailers without issues; adapts to new environments and people quickly; has all his basic skills in place like bathing, putting on and taking off blankets and sheets; standing in cross ties; behaves well for the farrier; gets along with the horses around him; doesn’t crib or show signs of nervous tension; is curious, but not worried; straight-forward under saddle, able to walk trot, and canter both directions with appropriate leads when asked; a gentle giant with a heart of gold.  An easy horse to build a relationship with.

Last night, the 4th of July, he showed what life experience adds to the mix.  Off the track horses have the virtue of exposure to crowds, cheering fans, celebrations, traffic, horns and noise makers, starting guns, and more. With 41 career starts at 8 different tracks, Rainier has been exposed to a variety of situations. The neighbors of Blue Rider Farm threw quite a rambunctious party last night that could be heard throughout the neighborhood.  There was loud music, lots of traffic, general chaos, and fireworks from the roof top.  Not all that different from a night of evening racing at some tracks.  How did Rainier handle it?  He stood quietly in the company of his neighboring horse, Zepher. In some ways, the life of a horse with a long track career can be an advantage.

SS-&-Devin-FacesHis age was one of the reasons Devin selected him.  Even though Rainier has been on the track fairly recently, he has shown nothing but a responsive, reposeful character.  He is strong, able, and willing to retrain for a new lifestyle, as well as pleasant to be around.  As of week #1 in the 100 Day Challenge, he is a rock star!

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About Alise Lamoreaux

As a teacher, photographer, digital storyteller, and writer I explore the images of my worlds and create blogs for each separate aspect of my life. My professional life includes blogs related to digital story telling with adult learners and integration of technology in the classroom. My personal blogs deal with the horses in my life: The story of Picasso Moon focuses on the future as it unfolds for a 3 year old horse moving forward from a rescue situation. His story will involve the characters he meets, natural horsemanship training, and his social development. Beau's Journey is about my blind horse and how he came to continue living a happy full life when he lost his eye sight. Beau has a sketch of him featured in the movie, War Horse. My personal and professional life combine in the Horse I Ching blog with is based on the Horse I Ching iPhone/iPad Ap that features my photography and writing. Horse I Ching is based on the iPhone App created using my photography and writing efforts. And finally, I keep a blog of my mother's poetry. She is 91 an thinks it cool to have a blog. Her words can be found on the Galloping Manifestations blog.
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