Thursday, January 03, 2013

 Meet Dapper Dan.  He's cute, isn't he?  He's a 10 year old appaloosa gelding.  You can see he doesn't have any appy characteristics, but that's okay.

I tried him out and it looks like he might be my new buddy.


 He's a big thick dude with a nice short back who loves to mess with stuff.

He's not a finished horse but I'm excited about working with him and getting him ready to hit the trails.  He does have some experience - about 20 rides on trails around here, and some riding in a more populated area back East.  It will be more an exercise in learning to trust and communicate with each other, I think.   He's a bit spooky, a little willful, and he has some definite opinions about bits.  Luckily he likes a Myler, and I have one for him.  I think he might eventually like Tonka's bit as well, but he'll have to earn that honor.  :)  He's only been ridden in a treeless saddle, so it'll be interesting to see how he does with a big ranch saddle.  He's also only had one rider and one owner since birth, so this will be weird for him.  But I think he might be the type who will enjoy an adventure and things to do.  He's a friendly, inquisitive, smart guy.

I think he and Scout will have a lot of fun playing together.  I wonder what Bella will think of him?

I probably won't have an update until next week, but he might be here by then!  So exciting!

7 comments:

Cindy D. said...

Oh Andrea! I'm so excited for you. This has been a long time coming. I can't wait to see the pics of him arriving at his new home! YaY!

Sher Schwartz said...

Might be a good horse for horse agility. I have read all sorts of comments from folks improving their communication and relationships with their horses after participating in horse agility. Folks wrote in Jan 1 to thank the founders of horse agility and say what huge changes they had experienced with their training and their horses.

Kate said...

Like the look of him - I like a heavier built horse with good bone and feet. Very exciting - can't wait to hear more!

gtyyup said...

He IS quite Dapper...the name fits him well, and he looks very willing for you in the second photo. Good luck! Happy New Year to you too!

Paint Girl said...

Awww! He is super cute! I sure hope this works out for you both! I can't wait to hear if he comes home to you. Very exciting news!

shadowlake2005 said...

I'm so excited for you!. I really like his face. Can't wait to hear more, but I can see how you'll be pretty busy.

Keechy said...

One of the best horses my family ever had was a bay appy-bred. I hope Dapper Dan is as good for you as that good mare! He is a lovely strong looking boy. Very nice!