“Lucky has been at my barn since the beginning of June and has not shown ANY bad barn behavior. He gets turned out every day, from 7am until about 3pm, he is super friendly with the other horses, respects the hot wire and has been nothing but a good boy to lead from the barn to pastures and back. He has stood like a champ in the cross-ties and has been good for bathing, he was better than several other horses in the barn for the shoer! I can go in his stall to put a blanket on if I want, I can even turn my back on him and never, not once has he tried to bite me or kick me. I will never say any one horse will absolutely NOT bite — never say never — but Lucky has not shown ANY dangerous behavior. He is a super boy in his stall: cleaning it is a breeze as he poops on one pile and pees right next to it, LOVE it! While in the arena, he is still green, doesn’t always do exactly what was asked (might try to turn when not asked) he might put his head up (think giraffe!) and sometimes he doesn’t move off my leg. Is that really all that bad? Most days at least one horse that I ride will try one of these behaviors, and then just you explain that that is NOT what you are looking for. That is what TRAINING a horse means: you explain, they ask questions, you explain again, they will test to make sure that is what you mean, you explain again. Simple as that. Is Lucky a saint? NO, I am sure that if left bored he would find something to do, but even when he had a week off he didn’t turn into a devil!”
AT Sunday’s Open House, we had the pleasure of meeting a couple of Helga’s students, one of who told us that whenever Helga rides Lucky, everyone in the barn just stops and stares, his movement is so beautiful! We can’t wait to see Lucky & Helga in action at the SAFE show!!