For those that remember Freckles, my orphan igloo baby
His owner just sent me a link to his video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5v0KQGR4g4 She sent him out for starting under saddle last winter. He was 2 1/2 when this was done. I sold him when he was just 4 months old. It is incredible to see him growing up and being ridden.
My own orphan filly (now yearling) is looking super at the moment - need to take some photos. She's very people friendly but extremely well adjusted in the herd situation - I'm thrilled with how well she's done!
Oh Darlyn!!! He is so grown up!!!! I remember him, he was born just before or after my Magic that was orphaned the same year as your guy. I'm so happy for you and his owner, orphans are very special horses!!! I will have to get some updated photos of my GIANT orphan boy!
Reading your story made growing hope in my soul...I told already hubby about this marvelous idea.
I am feeding my orphan...she is hungry ! I have another mare with a foal, almost same age and I put the mare and foal beside the orphan...
Your guy is stunning and looking at the pictures...I just hope we have a chance !
I am not either, and neither is his owner, but his gaits are still free and forward, and this was a short term place to just get him started. He was off for the winter & spring, and will be started back to work in a few months without them.
He is lovely and I know he will be a wonderful horse for his owner. He moves very nicely and will be more comfortable with the use of his neck and head for balance.
Capt. Littaur (the 1960's) indoctrinated me!...I truly hate draw reins! I am also not a fan of martigales or dropped nose bands (flashers). He always said that you needed those extras if you had bad hands! I can hear him saying that :-) Littaur would say, "I hate "the" draw reins!" Gosh I can still see him saying that...interesting that what you hear in your teens can really make an impression on you. Actually, I own both draw reins and side reins...never use them...but did try them, and hated the result...took them off immediately.
I teach flexions on the ground, it takes about 5 minutes...again, I learned this from Capt. Littaur.
Littaur was of course Bernie Traurig's trainer and Stephanie Steck's trainer, both won the AHSA Medal at MSG, Bernie also won the Maclay. Littaur was also Jane Dillon's teacher. He did clinics with Jane's students, including Joe Fargis. Sadly, he hated paperbacks and refused to allow his books on riding to be anything but hardcover, which caused them to go out of print.
Proud of my Hunter Breeding Princesses
"Grief is the price we all pay for love," Gretchen Jackson (1/29/07) In Memory of Barbaro
That is great! LOVED the photos. The "MOM" is too funny! She is lovely!
On another note, I would probably drop that igloo a bit. They should nurse with their necks stretched out lower to avoid problems.
I would also worry about the gap in the angled board for getting a leg hung in there.
You may also want to duct tape the hooks on that bungie so she doesn't mess with it, or get her eye hooked there. I used a single black rubber stretchie that one end was screwed to the wall, behnd the igloo. The other end snapped to a screw eye behind the igloo. Then there was nothing to get hooked on, and a one handed removal.
Last edited by Fairview Horse Center; Jun. 19, 2008 at 11:46 AM.
Leena, I am glad it is working out for you. To me, it was just so amazng. I could sleep thru night, it was just wonderful. Once I got him with company too, it was just no more work than any other horse. I just brought it in 2x a day to wash and refill and he got to be turned out with the horses, and learn to be a normal horse.