Yesterday afternoon Julie and I took Fame and Paris out for a nice long hack. I haven’t been on Fame in several weeks due to a fetlock injury that, while not serious, needed to heal up before he could be put back in the rotation. I think he’s really missed the rides because he did everything he could think of to try to help me get him tacked up faster and then fretted while we waited on Julie and Paris. I tried to take a couple pictures of him while we were waiting, but he’s so interested in being right in your face that it makes it very difficult! I only got the above picture because he noticed M walking around with the boys and stopped looking at me long enough to give them a good once over.
Anyway… I was a teensy bit nervous that Fame was going to show me some stereo-typical racehorse crazy (that I’ve technically not seen in any of my horses) since he was being so antsy during our tack up and because he’s been on rest for nearly a month. In all honesty though, he is a nervous grooming horse. He tends to try to help the entire time and while he doesn’t pull on the lead or try to break ties, he does tend to suck on the rope or try to hand me the brushes as I need them and the whole time he’s walking in place. But yesterday he had a little extra fidget-i-ness that had me worried that I was in for a hotter ride than normal.
So anyway, Fame was a little antsy when I pulled him up to the mounting block, but as soon as I was aboard he was back to being his good old solid self. We walked around a good bit and then we were off to the trails.
Seriously, Fame is an awesome guy! He’s by no means brave… but he’s very trusting once he understands what is asked of him. He had a moment’s pause at the ravine and another at the sloping bank near the creek, but he followed after Paris with no problems. I didn’t ask him to do much but walk. He’s been out of work for a while and I didn’t want to overtax him. We rode for about an hour and he finished up fresh as a daisy!
I’m just so excited to be working with him again! I’m planning to get a few more rides in on him and then introduce him to the creek. After that we’ll start thinking about a pace. So long as he’s with a strong lead horse (like Baxter or Pip or Jen) then I think he will be just fine.
There’s just something about Fame that makes me go all teeny-boppery… he’s just that affectionate, charismatic kind of horse that makes you want to doodle his name with hearts on your notebooks. Honestly… you’d think I’d have outgrown that phase a long time ago but evidently not! Don’t get me wrong, I adore Baxter, but he is still in his goof-ball baby stage (he’s half draft which are late maturing, so at 6 Baxter is really more like a 3 year old!) that means he’s more interested in playing rip-up-the-blankets than in doing work with his human, not that he doesn’t like a good face rub… so long as there’s a peppermint involved!
The only drawback I have with Fame is that I wish that he was a taller horse. He was listed at 16hh, but I’m thinking he’s not that big. I kinda feel like I’m riding a pony, but I think I only feel that way because Baxter is so very tall. Everybody says that we look good together, but I don’t care… I think he’s awesome!