Little Wonder's Gotcha Day

Little Wonder's Gotcha Day
August 20th, 2016


Friday, March 1, 2013

Ain't She Sweet?

 I'd like to introduce you to Moon!  She arrived this morning at 8:30. 

 I kept Abbe and Berlin in their stalls after they were grained, so they could meet her and she could see her new digs.  After that, she was moved to her own run-in/pasture set up so she could start getting used to the place.  I'm very careful about working a new horse in.

 The three of them had a few moments at the gate, but I was quite pleased with the way they all settled in.

 Moon is a 13 hand Pony of the Americas and Lorrie drives her.  Can't wait to see her hooked up.

Many years ago I used to trailer my horse from here to Attica for classical dressage lessons.
I was so green, and so honored that Linda L. was willing to work with me.  At the time, I was riding Marieke, Berlin's mom.  She was the most magnificent creature I will ever know.  An Anglo-Trakehner by Abdullah (who lived 39 miles from here and was in the 84 Olympics) beautiful and so strong.  Do I have stories.....  I took lessons for years and should be a great rider by now (never happened).  I learned to do lots of lateral work, and at home could ride her with a neck rope (motivated by Linda Tellington-Jones who did it at a clinic with a horse she just met)..even did a little barrel racing exercise the dressage way in a dressage saddle (rear end forward).  You should try it...don't have to go fast.  Not all that interested in showing, but was on the board for the local Dressage Association and loved participating in clinics.

 Anyway....I have not seen Linda in ages, so today we met for lunch at Alex's in Batavia.
Did we ever chow!  Non-stop gabbing until 3:30.
 Linda is by far, the most gifted instructor I have ever met.  She is patient and correct without stressing the horse through force.  Her communication skills were in a language the horses understood.   For years she went to Portugal during the summer to study with the Maestro, Nuno Oliveira.  How lucky was I, to work with her.  She taught me how to see.

Around the time we built our indoor arena, she was working with Elejhito, an Andalusian stallion that was given to her by Bettina Drummond (classical dressage rider....studied with Nuno).  He was from Portugal and Bettina retired him while he was still in excellent condition.
 I decided to have a barn opening when the indoor was finished...Linda and Hito were the entertainment.
 Their musical freestyle had all of us in tears.
 I wish I had a video...they could do it all.

By the time I got back to Brockport it was time for First Friday, so I drove straight to the Alumni House.
 Such an excellent opportunity for people from the college and town to spend some time together.

 Got home around 5 and went out to do chores at 5:30.  Lorrie was here to help with Moon.

 I don't think she was sticking her tongue out at her mother.  Such a sweetheart.
 After a very grey day, the sun came out just in time to set.
 Night all.


Stephen Andrew said...

Oh what a beauty!!! And fabulous story. Thank you for sharing that, I really enjoyed it. Welcome Moon!

Terry said...

What a doll! This is going to be so much fun!
I remember Abdullah very well. He was a wonderful horse. Sounds like his daughter was too.

Willow said...

Lori as usual, wonderful stories and pictures and you never fail to make me hungry lol Moon is beautiful and I love driving my ponies Can't wait to see pics of Moon in harness. Linda sounds wonderful. Freestyle dressage is so breath taking . Wow

Mary said...

Moon is wonderful, magical! I see you've warmly welcomed her into your home and heart. :) Love this story. Thank you so much for sharing.

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

Moon is so cute! I was also a huge fan of Abdullah, he was a magnificent horse. Loved everything about today's post, thanks for sharing some memories with us!

Sandy said...

I don't know which I am in love with more...Moon or that ladies (I apologize for not knowing her name) Navaho blanket coat. Both are gorgeous!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Moon looks so sweet. I'm sure she will settle in really well. Looking forward to seeing pics of her driving :)

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh I am so excited Moon is beautiful I can see this is going to be fun for us all:) Hug B

thecrazysheeplady said...

Cute! Can't wait to see some driving :-D.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Great post. So happy for you all. Driving ponies is something I 'd really enjoy getting into after my back gives out w/riding. I sure was a huge fan of Nuno and Abdulla! (My trainer, Torrance, was on the '84 gold winning event team while I was with her.) Wishing beautiful Moon and friends much fun together!

Birdman said...

I better be careful reading your blog. I could go out and buy a horse after today's reading and meeting Moon. hahahahaha!

Oak Creek Ranch said...

Moon has such a beautiful face. She's a perfect addition to your barn. I look forward to seeing lots and lots of pictures of her as she settles in. We take it slow with newbies here too. I enjoyed hearing about your dressage past -- I knew you were involved but had no idea you worked regularly with such awesome trainers.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a beauty Moon is! I hope she continues to settle into her new digs uneventfully! And how lucky you are to have a good friend and mentor in Linda!

Michaele said...

A new horse! How exciting! Can't wait to see him without his coat. The last shot is really neat.

Sharon Creech said...

What a great post! Loved hearing all of it, and esp. loved meeting Moon, Moon, Moon.
I hope Abbe and Berin welcome her into the fold. xx

MTWaggin said...

Wow you had one crazy busy day! Is that Linda Tellington-Jones as in TTouch? How blessed are you to know such a wonderful lady and trainer!

juliette said...

Welcome Moon to the Skoog Farm! She is a cutie pie. Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. Always captivated by Abdullah - saw him many times - amazing - brought us and announcer and whole crowd to tears of joy in his regal beauty.