Yesterday I rode nearly 22 miles with Khaliq and she was amazing. She is so steady and smart. I'm just crazy about this mare and am really impressed how easy she's been to get started. She originally spent about 5 weeks with Janine when she was 4 1/2 years old. It wasn't my first choice but it's what happened at that time. Janine has a style of training that really is about tiring the horse out before getting on, and what I learned about that (from John Lyons) is you are just building up endurance in a horse and not really getting to the mind which is where you need to be. From Janine's she was at Jeremy's for a while and he was able to calm her down and do some riding in his round pen, but Baby came home shortly after as the rain started and he couldn't work her.
My preference was Amber Clark from what I was reading about her on FB. Khaliq spent 2 months there and came home with such a solid start it's just made my life so much nicer to ride her. She is a lot like her mom, but much more steady internally. With Aura I have battled her eating at staging areas and at rides. It makes for a lot of stress, worrying about her belly and possible colic. With the rides, her gut & hydration scores were not great and while she's had a Limited Distance Best Condition and "High Vet Score" at a couple of rides, Aura does not take care of herself overall. Khaliq is the exact opposite and I just love that about her. Yesterday she put her cute little muzzle down in a tiny puddle and drank with gusto. What a good girl!
Missy just stuffs her face in the hay bag and scarfs!!!! She also is not overly concerned with other horses.....not that she never is, but she loves to eat!
Donna with Adella. Guess I shoulda stopped to take a pic. Her mare is about the same age as Khaliq (maybe a year older?). She is DARLING. Very chunky girl and easy on the trail. Um....maybe a little lazy.
Getting my exercise and saving Baby's front legs from "downhill miles". I walked probably about 4-5 miles yesterday. There are several spots on the Overlook to Cool trail (4.5 miles is the end of the Tevis trail) that are quite cliffy, so I figure we can walk that for a while until I know Khaliq better. She moves off of my leg very well, and one thing I learned from Amber is to keep her in a very narrow space, if she spooks, even if the trail is 10' wide. It could be a 2' wide trail with a 2,000' drop-off so good to have them understand this.
Another thing I love about Khaliq is after riding with Donna & Adella, they left us on the trail to ride back to Cool. Khaliq was on the trail grazing and just looked up, said "bye" and we were off....no drama.
Over Thanksgiving weekend I may ride Khaliq in her first Limited Distance (25 miles). I will probably take her and decide at the ride. If we don't ride, at least she can be in Ridecamp and I can get the feel for how she'll be. Good experience. So that's the scoop for now!