This page is dedicated to the descriptions of all the horses that are currently in training with me. All pics are from Spet. ‘09. Later to be updated!
*Diane Roods horses-(all her horses were started in western garb (bleh))
Freddy-A stunning, 15 hh, flashy 4.5 yo, reg. AQHA Paint gelding. Freddy is intelligent and cunning as well as crafty. He can be quite lazy though, which can make training him a challenge. Currently he is working on picking up the correct leads at the canter, maintaining collection at the trot and moving off my leg. I started training him when he had 2 rides under his belt. He can be very barn sour but makes up for it with sweetness in the stable and smarts in the saddle!
China- A dainty bay, 15.3 hh, 4yo, reg. Appendix mare. China is very sensitive and requires a gentle hand, calm voice and light aids. She can read body language extremely well and caution must be taken to avoid frightening her, however she is not spooky. She had never worn tack, so I introduced her to that; she really hated the bit at first, but later got over it and now goes well on the bit at walk and trot. She is a darling and very easy to work with once you take her sensitivity into account.
Tempting- a slight,15.3 hh, dark bay, 4yo reg. Appendix mare. Never started and barely handled I introduced her to grooming routines 1st, moved onto lunging and tack later. She took to the bridle better than expected but very much disliked the saddle the first 2 times. She got over it, she is too smart to resist long, and is now quietly working with sidereins and perfecting voice commands on the lunge. One of the smartest horses I have encountered!
Buddy-A Bay, 16hh, 6 yo, reg. AQHA gelding. Big, stout, quiet boy. Trained for trails with 3 lovely gaits and a sound mind. I love working with this big guy! His owner just wants his trot and canter perfected so if she ever wants to sell him he will be show quality. Big sweetheart great for beginnners! Pictured with my Novice boyfriend on deck. They love to hit the trails!
Curly- A Chesnut, 15.2 hh, 8yo, reg. AQHA gelding. Curly is the hunk of the barn (besides Chunk, the real stud-but shhh, don’t tell curly that!). He loves attention, and is truly gorgeous; shines like a copper penny! However, he will test you in the saddle and is not great with beginners. Once he knows you’re “the boss mare” he will do anything for you. LOVELY jog, who I htink would be an awesome show horse on the local circuit or bigger. Goes on the bit at all gaits and is a tank on the trails. My job is just to keep him in shape.
*Suzie’s horses- Pippy, Junior, and 3 mares I have yet to start. Profiles will be added later!
Legato-a bay, 17hh, 5yo, reg Warmblood gelding. I love this big horse! This picture does him no justice! H is massive, but has the greatest personality and will truck on for hours. I admire this horses courage; he recently has pvercome many injuries, an EPM scare, and surgery but he keeps on going through training (on vet’s orders). This big guy is a doll and tried hard for you despite his pain in recovery. My jobis to rehab him and get him in shape to eventually compete.
ZEE- a black bay, 17.1 hh, 6 yo, Thoroughbred/Saddlebred cross. I adore this horse and you can’t even tell she is crossed with a saddlebred! This girl was trained in dressage at a young age and then left out at pasture for a years where I re-started her training. She seems to remember her dressage training, however she was never cantered under saddle so I started her on that and she is doing well. We worked mainly in a roundpen for now as she can be hot, but recently we have taken two trips out on trail. She also works well over groundpoles and small crossrails.
Jasmine- a bay, 13 hh, 4yo, range Mustang mare. This mare was VERY difficult when I 1st started working with her. Minimal handling (besides treats and love) made her pushy and hard headed. She didn’t know how to lead very well at first but we worked through it and now she has accepted a bridle and saddle without complaint and knows the basics of moving from pressure and lunging. I hope to start roundpenning her soon to get her used to voice aids. I am not sure if I am too big or not to ride her, I hope not!