Who knew that my Thoroughbred ex-race horse has turned himself into a Western Pleasure mount? My trusty steed was once a money winning race horse. He raced at Woodbine until he was 5 years old. He earned a whooping $12000. It might seem like a lot, but when you compare expenses to earnings, he was a bit of a money pit. His pedigree is quite rich, with his sire earning over $150000 and his mother not far behind. Griffin just didn’t luck out in the race gene pool.
To my benefit, he has such a calm demeanor. He didn’t come with any hotness like some Thoroughbreds are known to have. If anything, he came with a little bit of attitude. I call him my bratty pony. He is quite the opposite from my beloved Toby. Toby is very willing, compliant and aims to please. Griffin likes to give a bit of a challenge and tends to show a little bit of stubbornness. Once it is established who is boss, he will cooperate.
Our newest adventure, has been lots of trail riding. We have gone galloping through hay fields, crossed various terrain, almost gotten shot, and swam through waters. He doesn’t really show much talent for jumping. He is a decent mover on the flat and frames up well, but we just aren’t aimed for the competition ring. I have come to terms with that. In my old (ok not that old) age, I am much happier and content having unorganized fun with him. He is calm enough for me to even use him as a platform to do yoga poses on him.
Yesterday, we took advantage of the beautiful March sun and went for a trail ride with Elise and Tink. I didn’t have my bridle with me, so I used one of Elise’s Western bridles on Griffin. It seemed to suit him just fine. If anything, he looked pretty handsome and could pass for a Quarter horse with his square head and body muscle tone. It was our first ride of the year. Griffin was nothing but great with a small dose of brattiness, just the way I like him.
Cheers to more trail rides and happy times with this guy!
P.S. for any Aritzia readers, my older fashion pieces become barn gear. Does anyone remember this TNA cotton canvas jacket from circa 2008? It does not have a hood!