- Sorrell QH Cross Stud, 3 yrs. old, 15.2 hands. This young stallion
rides well and is gentle. I dont think anyone has told him
he is a stallion. He is sound and would make a wonderful gelding.
Very nice horse and likes people. Especially women. SAVED BY LEE
is doing very well. I had sent him to a training stable over the
summer and now he's back at the stable that is minutes away from
me. I took him out on the trails today, and he is so good for
such a young horse. My dog Reggie always comes out with
us. It's wonderful to be out with the two of them in the
"wilderness". Archie is such a sweetheart, and so loving,
I just think the world of him.
- Archie is doing really well -- he's full of himself, as always,
and I love the
7/13/01 - Jenny (my niece) has ridden a few different horses,
and of them all, the one she really enjoys and clicks with is
dear Archie. You may think she would say that anyway, but it's
really true! Archie is so good he's also become "Mr. Popularity"
around his training stables.
It seems that
a lot of horses have little quirks to deal with when riding, like
preferring to go in one direction, needing a lot of leg to keep
going, or showing a reluctance to slow down or halt when asked.
Archie at the walk, trot and canter in both directions--he responds
immediately to cues, moves out when asked, and stops immediately
if you say "whoa!" That may seem pretty basic, but it's
surprising how many horses don't seem to quite have the fundamentals
down. Then the trainer's husband lead them on a trail ride---one
part of the ride Jenny particulary enjoyed was riding through
a herd of pet cattle.
so well trained and level-headed he's just a lot of fun to ride.
He also can do some pretty cool dressage movements, like sidepasses
and turns on the haunches--all very functional to know if maneuvering,
say, along a narrow mountain trail. I think he's turning out so
well because he had a good mind to start with, and because the
emphasis in training him has always been on going very slowly,
with kindness and consistency.
On top of
that Archie is so friendly and charming. His trainer and I agreed
he is ready to go home at the end of the month---then she announced
it to a group of people at the barn. "Archie is going home
at the end of the month." It was kind of funny to hear the
reactions: "Oh No! Not Archie!" and--"Mary will
be absolutely heartbroken!"
I would never
have known he even existed if not for you. Really, it's pretty
amazing that a horse like this would have been on a feedlot.