Abbott in Action

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Here is a video of my daughter’s horse, Abbott, free lunging. Free lunging is when you put the horse through its paces around the arena without a lunge line. Abbott is trained to respond to clucking noises. So in this video when you see him stopping and then resuming his paces, my daughter is off camera clucking to encourage him to keep going. Free lunging is less stressful on the horse’s joints because you’re not constraining him to a small circle when he’s moving. Abbott is a 2005 quarter horse/paint gelding. His shire was a western pleasure champion, which is apparent in his movement. My daughter enjoys showing him in huntseat equitation. Abbott is the apple of her eye.

And here is a picture of me riding Abbott. I enjoyed horseback riding at a place called Patty’s Riding Stable in Fairfax, Virginia in the early 1970s. Back then it cost $3.00 per hour to ride the horses. I diligently saved my weekly allowance (.50 cents per week), and when I had accumulated enough money, I’d go for a ride. I had no idea what I was doing but I didn’t care, I had fun anyway. Apparently the horses knew I was clueless because one Chestnut mare named “Chessie” would slam me into the corner of a barn filled with grain every time I rode by it in an effort to knock me out of my saddle. I had to take my foot out of my stirrup and push off against the building with my foot to keep her from body slamming me against the side of the building. Somehow, I always managed to hang on. When this photo was taken, I hadn’t ridden a horse in over 30 years. It felt so much higher up there in the saddle than I remembered, and I was initially quite nervous. Abbott was very patient with me.

Me Riding Abbot2

11 Comments on Abbott in Action

  1. shreejacob
    February 18, 2013 at 12:44 am (5 years ago)

    I haven’t seen a horse close up before but they must be pretty huge!! Glad you got a chance to revisit your love for riding again! :D

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    • afternoonartist
      February 18, 2013 at 12:48 am (5 years ago)

      The older I get the bigger they seem. I was never nervous when riding as a young girl. But things are different now that I’m an old gal.

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      • shreejacob
        February 18, 2013 at 12:50 am (5 years ago)

        Hehehe…when we are really young anything is possible…then we grow up! BUT you *did* get up on it, and that’s the best part ;)

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        • afternoonartist
          February 18, 2013 at 1:04 am (5 years ago)

          Getting up on the horse was easier than getting off of him. I won’t share those photos, LOL!

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          • shreejacob
            February 18, 2013 at 1:09 am (5 years ago)

            LOL!!! That made me actually laugh out loud!

  2. elenacaravela
    February 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm (5 years ago)

    A gorgeous horse! Looks like fun:)

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    • afternoonartist
      February 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Elena. It was fun, but higher up than I remembered!

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  3. Pat
    February 19, 2013 at 12:05 am (5 years ago)

    Abbot is a beauty!

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  4. foodfrommetwoyou
    February 19, 2013 at 1:34 am (5 years ago)

    like mother like daughter, glad to see you and your daughter being able to share a love of horses…lovely horse and lovely post…sarah

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    • afternoonartist
      February 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Sarah. It took a lot of encouragement from my daughter to get up in that saddle!

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