Today I rode four horses in this order: Pearl, Jihad, Dawn Treader and Kiwi. I rode them in the order of least to best trained, although perhaps Dawn Treader is a little more advanced than Kiwi. Dawn Treader is so emotional that she needs a day or two to get over her freshness. All of them have had very little riding since last fall.
Jihad has a shy streak that pops out every so often, today twice, although maybe he’s containing his shying because the attacks were not as wild as I’ve experienced from him in the past. Shying is a vice that explodes like lightning out of a clear blue sky. For example, sometimes Jihad will jump sideways 12 feet and then immediately be calm again. Thankfully, I am usually on his back when he has his attacks, which is not as dangerous as standing by him . Generally I can’t figure out the source of his panic attacks. After I brought him home and saw him shy, I knew I was in for a spiritual battle, thus his name.
Jihad can’t tell me his story. Other than the shying, Jihad is a regular, calm quarter horse type. A farrier friend got the low down on him and told me that Jihad experienced some abuse in his past, thus the shying.
Pearl is the least trained but doesn’t seem to have any problems. Dawn Treader is a challenge because she is so hot-blooded. It would take just the right person to have the patience she needs and just the right person to enjoy her. Otherwise, she is beautiful, ultrasensitive and athletic.
Today I worked all four only in the riding and round pens. There was no round penning. They all stood close to me and followed me around in the round pen, where I saddled them without restraint.