It’s hard to believe this was Rainier’s 3rd ride with Devin. Every time I see him he gets better and is so willing to try whatever Devin asks of him. He has talent that is still untapped and a personality that is willing to dig deep to see what he is capable of doing. As a special treat this time we have not only Devin’s thoughts on the ride, but a video!
Rainier continues to be a pleasure to work with and have at the farm. I am a big fan of a relaxed, quiet, vice free horse in the barn. I’ve had to wait a few days to ride him since he needed shoes when he arrived, and then decided to remove one shortly thereafter. It can take a bit to turn off the track feet to sporthorse feet. Thank goodness for bell boots! So on ride number three, my trusty working student Emily Corrie (also a fabulous photographer and handy videographer) and Alise Lamoureux (blogger and photographer extraordinaire) took a little pictures and video for you all to see what a nice horse I selected. Under saddle, Rainier is quiet in the ring, safe to mount, and willing to learn. His natural gaits have balance and rhythm, and he is definitely not hot! He is a bit one sided, like many horses that have not spent months or years working on being ambidextrous (can you imagine if you were asked to perform every task equally with both hands?) but is learning to bend around the leg, and even showed his understanding of moving off the leg when asked for a simple lateral movement (watch his first “leg yield” in the video!) He is getting his teeth floated next week, and then I hope to ask for more true connection and straightness. He understands and will reach in the walk and trot, but currently he thinks dropping behind the bit in the canter is what I’m after, and even tries to keep this over framed carriage to his little fences. He is sorting out what to do over these strange pieces of lumber in his way, but keeps a very level head, watches where his feet go, and does not rush to or bolt after the fence. It will be fun to keep working with this guy, he makes my job easy! As Emily said, “He doesn’t look like he just came off the track, he just looks like another horse in for regular training.” She also said he could be a bridle model. 😉 Devin