A passel of Percherons

It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t had any more Bob time since Tuesday. The horse I have been taking lessons on is lame and can barely walk (poor Sam), so no lesson for me this week.

This morning Kelsey and I went to ride the Percherons from a couple of weeks ago. They are about 45 minutes away, so not too far of a drive. The seller had them groomed and was just finishing saddling them up when I arrived (a bit early, per Kelsey’s advice).

The flaxen chestnut that I mentioned on Tuesday? Holy cow, is she a big girl! She has been fed rather too well and will need to drop a couple of hundred pounds, I think. Aside from that, she is just plain huge! She is also very green—calm, but green. I didn’t get to ride her, unfortunately, so I may still try to set up a third visit to ride her, as I think she may be the best value of the three.

The other two mares are half-sisters. They are both herd-sour, so getting them to ride away from the others was a bit of a challenge. The smaller of the two is also the better trained, but was distant. We just didn’t click. The larger of the two is a couple of years younger and considerably greener, but we got along a lot better. All in all, no home-runs, but no strike-outs, either.

I guess that is one very good thing about my experience with Emma. If nothing else, she showed me what a healthy, well-cared-for, and well-trained draft can be.

And Kim’s saddle stuff shipped today! Yay!

About Mike

Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.
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