Zelda kicks up her heels

When my daughter first saw Zelda she pronounced her to be “huge” and “enormous.” Zelda is, well, supersized. She’s got to be close to 17 hands and her feet are the size of dinner plates. She’s very nicely proportioned, though, and just because she’s a big horse doesn’t mean she’s slow. In the videos below […]

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Zelda is athletic!

I’ve taken it easy on Zelda the past few days. She hadn’t been ridden for five or six weeks and she spent 13 hours on the trailer to get here. She has impressed me with her laid back attitude and good humor. Today she gave me a glimpse of how athletic she is. I took […]

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Not tired yet

You would think that after the ride I described yesterday, Freedom would be tired. He was, when we finished. Unfortunately it was only a temporary condition. The first ride took place on Saturday. On Sunday, I planned to have a nice leisurely ride with a friend. It was nearly 60 degrees out and I wanted […]

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Does your horse like to buck?

Very rarely does Freedom buck. He bounces, but he doesn’t buck. I never have to worry if he starts to drop his head which is probably a good thing. I know that if he put some effort into it, he could launch me into Connecticut. Some people enjoy a buck or two. They see it […]

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What is your tolerance for “playing” under saddle?

I have always had a zero tolerance policy for shenanigans under saddle. Bucking in particular is something I have always nipped in the bud. At the first sign of bucking he goes into a one rein stop. Mostly, it’s a self-preservation move: Freedom is such an athlete that I’m sure he could get me off […]

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Ever wonder what your pony was thinking?

You’ve got to give this young rider a lot of credit for his sheer stick-to-it-ness. Or, is the velcro on his breeches? Anyhow, the commentary is an amusing take on the inside of a pony’s brain. It reminds me of Penelope and Kipper, Thelwell’s memorable creations.

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