Look again. That’s not Zelda! That was my Trakehner, Kronefurst (Kroni). Many people have commented on how much alike they look, and certainly from a distance, they do!
It’s more than just their color, although I am very partial to dark bay horses. Like Kroni, Zelda has a long back, is very sensitive, and is opinionated and very smart.
Kroni was a used as a breeding stallion before I got him, he was five when he was gelded and always maintained some of the attitude. You know the old say, “Ask a mare, tell a gelding and discuss it with a stallion”?
Certainly that held true for him. Add to that his breeding (Trakehners are the “hot” warmbloods and his sire was known for being difficult) and tact was required.
Zelda is a draft cross and, despite her size, is a sensitive horse too. Now that I’ve been riding her for awhile I’m learning how to ask her for work in ways that she understands and appreciates. She is not a horse that you want to get into a fight with because she knows how big she is!