Most of our interactions with our horses involve everyday life activities. The horse show, camping trip, trail ride, and other excursions/activities are usually the occasional event rather than the norm. Even for an OTTB, everyday wasn’t race day. The power of the humdrum refers to how horses handle the routines of their lives as well as the changes they experience. Whether that means learning a new riding related skill, getting a new pasture mate, moving to a new stall, taking a new route to their pasture, going on a trail ride, waiting patiently for what comes next, or any number of things, daily life is full of routine. The power of the humdrum relates directly to the temperament of the horse.
In her article, Five Ingredients to Finding the Perfect Horse Partner, Devin says that temperament should be the most important quality when selecting a horse. In the process of selecting a horse for the 100 Day Challenge, she was looking for ” a good temperament that was sound and ready to start work. Movement and beauty were just a bonus!” Rainier has proven to be a great package of the 4 out of the 5 ingredients Devin looks for: age, soundness talent, temperament. The 5th ingredient, training is why he is with Devin. Rainier is willing to learn and has a great attitude about life in general. He has the power of the humdrum. Rainier is the kind of horse that makes a trainer want to get out of bed and go to work each day.
This past week, Rainier has worked on multiple surfaces. He took his first trip from the sandy arena over to the grassy Dressage arena. The Dressage arena is an open field with a very different look and feel. Rainier’s first reaction, stop and look around, then get on with it… going back to working on his trot.
In addition to checking out the grass arena, Rainier took his first spin around the jump course. Not bad for just getting started! How did he handle it? Just like everything else, he took it in “stride.”
Rainier’s training session was in the morning, so the rest of the day was spent lounging and chatting with his buddy, and former Emerald Downs racer himself, Beemer. Rainier makes friends easily and adapts to new places without issue. He is well liked by the other horses at the barn.