Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What could possibly go wrong?

I spent a couple hours hanging out with Rev today.
One of the trainers, who has been working with his last lease rider, was kind enough to get on him so I could see him under saddle.
After she was done...
I hopped on and took him around the ring a few times.  He was better than he was yesterday, but there's still a lot of room for improvement (understatement). 
At this point one thing is abundantly clear--Rev is no Trillium.  In fact, it's fair to say that he's the anti-Trillium.
And yet, I kind of like him.  It makes no sense, but there it is.  I'm signing up for a one month trial lease.  If all goes well, we'll negotiate a slightly more long term arrangement.

15 comments:

  1. I think he looks very cute. In a little boy-ish way :-) He looks like he needs a little more meat on his bones, though, what do you think?

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  2. woohoo Jennifer!

    he is going to be fun :-)

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  3. He is SO cute!! These fellows with spunk really grab my heart. I ended up with both Tonto and Scout who came with the name Mr. Wiggles - and so aptly named...he just cannot stand still for anything!) No one else wanted either of these little guys because they were too spunky (and too short). They are both my very best buddies now. :)

    I agree with Sian, Rev looks like he could use a little bit more weight....being feisty, he may be a harder keeper. He does look like he is going to be fun!! Can't wait for more updates on him!!

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  4. There's no doubt that Rev's topline would look better if it had some padding, but I think it's as much a lack of condition as it is a lack of fat. He's a bit thin, but not exceptionally so (i.e. you can feel his ribs but you have to poke around for them). Hopefully he'll look better once he builds up a little muscle.

    Didn't mention it in the post, but I liked the trainer very much. She offered to accompany me on some trail rides so that I could learn my way around, plus have someone to help if Rev was an idiot. I really appreciated that offer, and it was one of the things that convinced me to roll the dice on this particular horse.

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  5. Besides, 5 miles from home is hard to beat as well...just saying.

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  6. Definitely! I wouldn't even consider this one if he was in Watkins or Parker. His location is his best feature.

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  7. Just imagine that coat in the summer never had an Arab but I have a very high strung paint mare but she about acts like one lol but I love her

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  8. Congratulations on the trial lease! He certainly does have an adorable head. I'll be looking forward to hearing more about how it goes for you!

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  9. You'll be into endurance riding with Arabians before we know it :) I think you could really improve this horse, and hope you have fun with him!

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  10. Endurance riding is a distinct possibility. The stable owner breeds and competes endurance Arabians, and each spring the stable hosts an AERC endurance event.

    As for actually improving Rev... My expectations in that respect are pretty modest. He's a fifteen years old and pretty dug into his high headed, hollow backed ways. Plus, once his owner gets the ok from her doctor, we'll be sharing saddle time. She doesn't seem to mind his current way of going and is not actively trying to fix it. She doesn't care if I want to, but I doubt she'll reinforce anything I teach him.

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  11. Twist also has the HHH - high head habit - and, while he will put his head down if asked, he does it grudgingly and it really isn't natural or comfortable for him. He's a few years older than Rev but that isn't much.

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  12. Haha. I understand how those Arab's are appealing to us even though we're not Arab people. ;) Don't know what it is about them. They're definitely a mental challenge as well as physical though. Be prepared for some mind games!

    Bummer about the high head/hollow back. You're right though, it won't get fixed if it's only you and not the owner working on it. It's too bad because Myr is quite comfy to ride when he's rounded and loose.


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  13. Awe he's cute. Give Arabs a try. They can be sensitive but that also it what makes them great. They don't like being nagged but if you are fair they give you their all.

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  14. Well, he is adorable and he sounds like he is going to be a firecracker! Glad to know he is lacking muscle rather than weight. His coat looks great and he looks like a happy fellow. Have fun and enjoy him being so close to home!!

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  15. My first 1/2 lease horse was an Anglo-Arab gelding. Once we bonded he was my favorite horse to ride. Not neccisarily the best but he had so much try for me that it was hard to beat.

    Something about hte Arabs once they trust you and decide you're their person they will turn themselves inside out to please you.

    Good luck.

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