Faithy is the very definition of a blank slate: she wore her first headcollar the day we went to pick her up at the breeder’s. Until then, she’d only really known people to wave to. She’d been fed and occasionally put in the crush to vaccinate and brand, and that was it.
Growing up in a huge field with loads of other horses has given her a good brain, good digestion, and wonderful feet. Just the way I like them. Now she’s a two-year-old and after some bribery I have convinced her to like me and let me rub her face and neck (provided I feed her first), so that’s where we stand right now.
Ultimately Faithy is to be a really good dressage horse, God willing, although this year will be about the basics.
- Stand for grooming and farrier.
- Lead and tie up.
- Box well.
- Be good to bath.
- Be good to catch.
- Show in-hand.
- In spring, lunge.
- In November/December, do the groundwork and have a rider on, just sitting.
I’ve yet to really get to know this lovely little lady, but knowing Arop Nooities and their legendary temperament, I think she’s going to be just awesome to work with.
All I know now is God made her and I love her. And I guess that’s all I really need to know.
Glory to the King.