Sunday, August 23, 2009
Midas trampled my heart (in a good way)
Yesterday was my first chance to see mustangs ridden by the inmates who trained them and it was amazing. In the noisy, unfamiliar arena, the horses were great -- moving through all gaits, displaying great stops,side-passes, flexing and can be handled all over without batting an eye. Several of them came to the rail to be petted and were very interested in meeting new people. All of this, only four months from the time they thought all of us were predators, only interested in eating them!
Hank Curry, the trainer of the inmate trainers, is a wonder-worker.
If you go to the bottom of this page, you can see the horses I saw: BLM Mustangs Adopted Yesterday
If I'd been able to pick one, it would probably be Midas. He's a little red dun who looks like a golden chestnut until you spot his dorsal and leg stripes. He's just over 13 hands, and what he's missing in height (so far), he makes up with conformation and attitude! Besides that, your arms wouldn't strain to sling on the saddle.
I probably would take Lobo, too, or Cinder,and Two-Tone was pretty and friendly...in short, I could feel every one of them galloping around my heart.
Each horse found a new home yesterday. From now on, I'll be recommending that people who aren't experienced trainers adopt through the prisons.
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Terri Farley @ 5:35 PM
WOw, I just think that is the coolest thing! All those horses (and Burros were so beautiful) and that is a great way to find them homes while helping people!Thanks for sharing.