With my love of music and dance, I had dreams of competing in the Musical Kur. Unfortunately, I never quite had the right horse. None of them moved like this.
The closest I got to this dream was my horse Finian. He was beautiful and certainly athletic enough, but he fought me on everything, every step of the way. I didn’t have the time or the right personality to deal with his attitude.
About 3 months after Finian was moved to our little hobby farm, he took off and bucked me off his back end, which resulted in a broken collar bone and wrist, and I had to get my head stapled closed.
That was pretty much the end of our 8-year relationship. I wasn’t able to trust Finian again, so he was sold to someone competing as a hunter jumper. When Finian tried to run away with his new owner, she let him run. She even asked him for more. He ran until he couldn’t run anymore and didn’t pull that garbage on her again. The right rider for the right horse; it’s important.
So here I am now, with a mutt-mix of quarter horse and Tennessee Walker.
It’s a combination that delivered a quarter horse with a pretty mane and tail, but also a horse that moves in confusion at times between being gaited and not being gaited. At times, he gets stuck in some odd gear that is terribly uncomfortable. And he’s a bit jumpy about monsters in the woods. But he tries and that counts for a lot.
There are certain animals that we bond with in a special way. And it’s not always something that happens immediately. With Luke, it took time for him to trust me. Luke came to me from someone who bought him at an auction. He was skin and bones and had rain rot. I was told he was 8 years old when I bought him. After a vet exam, I discovered he was actually 3. No wonder he didn’t seem to know anything.
It took awhile for me to trust Luke and get over the fear from the Finian accident. But even at Luke’s worst moments, his misbehavior came from fear, which for me was easier to deal with than having a horse that seemed to spend every waking moment trying to figure out what he could pull on me next.
Like I said, the personality of the rider and the horse have to be a good match or the relationship just won’t work. A good trainer can train all kinds of horses, but what I look for in a horse is a partner, not a challenge. And Luke and I are good partners.