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  • my kind souled TB

    I just have to crow about my 7 year old jumper who is such a rock star. Today my daughter (6) begged to ride him. She has ridden many ponies and horses, has a good solid posting trot, and I thought well... as long as I stay with them, it should be OK.

    Well.

    I never thought for a second that this horse, who is so sensitive, forward, and incredibly scopy would be a good match for my kid. I worried that his big trot would bounce her right out of the saddle.

    Not only was he as calm as could be. Not only did he trot unbelievably slowly for her when she finally could kick him (look out if I tried to kick him...) into a trot, but he stopped every time she lost her balance, turning his head a little, giving her a glance as if to say- "You all right up there, little carrot giver?" I didn't even go with him, he was so amazing he went exactly where she asked him to. I just watched, jaw on the ground. She was like a peanut up there... he's a 16.2 hand TB and she's... what, 42 inches tall. And as she trotted him down the long side of the ring, him carefully placing his feet so he didn't jostle her as she bounced up and down in the biggest post you ever saw, my heart just welled up. I'm all verklempt thinking about it. Sniff.

    And no pics, my camera was full!!!

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    • #3
      Awww....somehow they just seem to know! I bet she had the biggest smile on her face too!

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        My son's first pony colicked, had surgery, and died 10 days later when my son was 8. Telling him he didn't make it was the hardest thing I have ever done as a parent. When we went back to the barn, my son wanted to ride my 17 hand 5 year old draft cross. He didn't have his paddock boots. He wanted to ride bareback. I let him. My son sat on my big moose of a horse and walked around sobbing into his neck. The moose tiptoed around as long as my son needed him to. They just know. I don't have that horse any more but I'll never forget how he took care of my son that day. They just know.

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        • #5
          I volunteer with a program for riders with special needs and I could probably think of stories about most of the horses in the program, but one has always stood out to me: a Morgan/QH/? (a bit of enigma as to his exact breeding - I would swear he has some draft in him) that is .... well, not easily described when talking about his gaits. He will trot, but it take quite a bit to get him there (and it's BUMPY), and he will also give you a lateral gait (I don't ride gaited horses so I can't tell you the exact name of the gait - rack, pace, etc. It's just not a walk, trot, or canter!). When ridden by a more advanced rider, he's a pretty tough mount - difficult to transition and will take the bit and run with it if he so chooses.

          But ..... put a rider with special needs on him and he's a totally different horse. Instead of lurching from the walk to trot, his transition is smooth as glass. Instead of running off to the end of the line at a line trot, he moves nice and slowly with the rider's support team. Unflappable and steady, he takes care of the rider who really needs it.

          I was part of a staff leading a trail ride one day and the group showed up, ready to head out. What they hadn't told us when they booked the ride was that one of the riders had Down Syndrome. My "day job" is special education so I was put as the leader and ponied the rider, who we assigned to this particular horse. The horse was an absolute saint (well, trail was one of his favorite jobs anyways), but he stayed right with me, ignored the rider's less than gentle handling of the reins, and stood perfectly still at the end of the ride when we helped the rider dismount and the rider threw his arms around his neck for a huge hug. If his face said anything, it was "Yup, it's what I do."

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            A few years ago my dear TB, Mojo, allowed his rascally side to show up on occasion--sometimes he just wanted to see what he could get away with, never mean but you wouldn't have called him a beginner horse. My younger son was 13 at the time and wanted to ride. He'd had lessons on Icelandics and wanted to see what a bigger horse was like. We started on the longe, and I held my breath at first, but my boy took care of my boy as if he were a pony ring pony--walk, trot on a loose rein, lots of flopping around, then off the longe. He was a saint, and my son loved it. It was clear that he knew exactly what to do to keep my son safe and in the saddle. It brought a tear to my eye too!
            Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)

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            • #7
              Ah love these stories :-) all teary eyed and proud of the horses involved... d'awww.

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              • #8
                "They just know" really is the only way to put it. Horses are such amazing animals. Moments like this serve as reminders. Wish you could have gotten some pictures!
                -CJS

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