I had resigned myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to get another horse to lease.
As always, it’s not a good idea to close the door.
The phone rang with a lady named Patrisha. She had a pasture mate for her mare, a bay Arabian gelding named Soldier. Would I like to come try him and see if I’d like to lease him?
Wellll, the upshot to all that is this:
Soldier is a 19-year-old, bay Arabian gelding.
Bred at Washington State University’s vet school, he is just about perfect.
He’s about 15 hands barefoot. Patrisha won’t put him in a bit, as she claims he has ‘wolf teeth”. So he’s in a side pull. He is very forward, very willing, the only problem I see at all with him is that Patrisha’s Arab/Hungarian mare, Spinner, is very herd bound to him.
But that’s okay. He is beginning to understand that I am there for HIM.
That’s how he stood, all on his own. He’s as curious as a cat, and I’ve learned over the years that allowing a horse to satisfy his curiosity makes it easier to handle him later on. To me, it indicates a high intelligence.
I feel pretty lucky. Soldier is pushbutton. I can make him turn with merely a shift of my weight. Sometimes I can make him turn by merely LOOKING where I want to go. He’s a very nice horse and I like him a LOT. He’s even dappled!