Thursday, October 23, 2008

High Ho Silver, or Sorrel!

Ever since we got Peanut we have been trying to get to know him. I have found out that he is hard to catch. But he will follow Ozzie in, who is easy to catch. Ozzie and Peanut are pasture mates. They get along really well. Ozzie is a picky hay eater and Peanut will eat anything, so there's hardly any wasted hay. Perfect. Once you catch Peanut he is very easy going. He has wonderful ground manners. He walks behind you and will stop when you stop. Perfect. He loves to be brushed and is very easy to tack up. Perfect. When you go to get on him, not so perfect. He doesn't like to stand still. He has been a bit better with in the last four rides. So, I think it's defiantly an easy fix. Mr. Cowboy hopped on Peanut to try him out in the field. When we tried him out at Mr. Dallas's barn, Peanut was a bit barn sour. He would try to turn back to the barn, but he was easy to get to turn the other way. Peanut and Mr. Cowboy only had one moment of trial. Peanut wouldn't turn to go out in the field. Mr. Cowboy gave him one big kick on the shoulder that Peanut was dropping and now they are best friends. Peanut has not shown one bit of barn sourness since the kick. I am hoping that Peanut just needed a quick tune up. Out in the field they go. I do not know if any of you notice, but Peanut is not the world's most well put together horse. I have been trying to tell what breed he is. Mr. Dallas swore the was 100% quarter horse. I am not totally sold on that. Because of one thing. The first thing I noticed was his tail. He carries it super high. It reminds me of the Arabian horses I used to show in Saddle Seat. And Peanut kind of has a hip like an Arabian. He also has this super fantastic head set. It just screams Arabian show horse to me. We put a tie down on Peanut. I do not think he needs a tie down, but Mr. Cowboy said that Peanut was a roping horse and roping horses have tie downs. I think. I am not sure, I am not a roper. I have never ridden a roping horse. So, I just smile and agree. Plus, Peanut seems to listen a bit better with the tie down on. They trotted around the pasture and had a grand old time. Peanut has two speeds to his trot. He will do a fantastic slow jog, which I love, and he will extend out too. Take a look at that tail! You can ride Peanut with a super loose rein. He doesn't feel like he is ever going to just take off into the sunset. Which I like that part too. Peanut is a bit lazy and he needs some help getting up into a lope. But Peanut will do it. He will lope around for as long as you want him to. Peanut also will pick up both leads. Which is a plus. I can't stand cantering around on the wrong lead. Mr. Cowboy looks like he is on one of those bad "cowboy" movies where the riders ride with their hands up by their noses!! I had asked Mr. Cowboy to try to ride like he didn't know what he was doing. That way we will be able to put the kids up there and know the horse will behave. Now we don't always ride like that, just when I want to see what the horse will do. And Peanut did nothing. Peanut also has breaks. I love good breaks. And he backs up like a dream. You just lightly lift up a bit and he will fly backwards. Peanut also will stand. At first he didn't want to stand still, but we have worked on it and with in four rides he was standing calm and still. Good slouching Mr. Cowboy. I am telling you, he could be on one of those cowboy movies. But Peanut doesn't mind anything. He will go where you want him to go and he stops when you ask him to stop. Peanut also has four white feet. What is that saying, "Never buy a horse with white hooves." Well, I guess I don't go by the rules. Peanut is a keeper. And yesterday, Little Cowpoke rode him around imaginary barrels and he weaved him in and out of some cones. All out in the field. Little Cowpoke wanted to trot. We couldn't get Peanut to trot for Little Cowpoke. But that is okay with me. The slower the horse goes with my babies on him back the better. Peanut is defiantly a keeper. And the Cowpokes really like him. As far as his breed goes. I am going to guess he is half paint half Arabian. But that is just a guess. Peanut also has a green goopy eye. We have had him on antibiotics for five days now, but it isn't getting any better. I may have to call the vet.

14 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow Andrea, Peanut is quite the looker! I'm not sure about the paint part, but defintely Arabian.

This just goes to show what great horses are available to buy for just a little bit of money. You really don't have to spend thousands for a good horse.

I'm glad you're so happy with Peanut and I look forward to reading and seeing posts more on him :)

~Lisa

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow Andrea, Peanut is quite the looker! I'm not sure about the paint part, but defintely Arabian.

This just goes to show what great horses are available to buy for just a little bit of money. You really don't have to spend thousands for a good horse.

I'm glad you're so happy with Peanut and I look forward to reading and seeing posts more on him :)

~Lisa

Paige said...

Id say part arabian too--just not the neck part!

Not much more you could want for your kids that a horse who goes where you tell him to, and stops when you tell him to. Who cares what he looks like--but he is cute too

Danielle Michelle said...

Maybe Arabian...but don't use the tail for that. Two of my 100% papered, bred to the hilt QH carry their tails like that. Infact, one sticks his straight up in the air like a flag...just like the Arabs I used to show.

He's a cutie no matter what though!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I see what you are saying. That hind end and tail carriage is definitely familiar to me. The front end looks like a different breed. A great horse is a great horse, regardless of its breeding.

Laura said...

I bribed Ashley last night. "If you make honor roll, I know a place that has a good kid horse you can ride." She about choked on her food. Guess I should have waited until after dinner to tell her!! LOL

Melanie said...

Well he definitely has the tail and neck carriage of an Arabian, but his head doesn't quite fit the bill...lol!!!

I agree that he is most likely QH with some Arab in there somewhere!
What a great find, Andrea! He looks like he will make a great mount for your little cowpokes. :)

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Your horse is cute, and so is his name :-). How great to find such a safe fun horse! Good luck with him. I wonder if they have those DNA tests for horses like they to do find out the breeds of dogs?

Callie said...

I like Peanut, You're right about his bottom, though. Maybe he's Quarab? I did have Reg Quarter Gelding that did the tail high thing as well, though. His head doesn't look like arab at all, but I agree with the behind.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

What a great find for your kids to ride

Tj and Mark said...

I sure like your little Peanut!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Peanut is adorable. He seems like a really good horse for the whole family. Good luck with him.

Elliemae said...

Totally some Arab in there. Little bitty prickly ears, refined rear end, not bodacious...kind of a thick neck but wow, what a poll. Looks like he has a pretty deep quarter horse chest and solid front end. Pretty head. I concur, Quarter Arab. But his nice disposition is what really matters.

Karen said...

I'm with you on the Arabian look. Definitely has that going on.