This past weekend, Sage and I attended a day-long confidence clinic in Palomino Valley. We were joined by two other riders and their horses, and several auditors. The trainer, Robert Gonzales, had set up several great obstacles in a large arena, and we spent the day negotiating them from the ground and from the saddle. Some of the challenges included umbrellas, hula hoops, giants balls, barrels, tarps, wooden platforms, tunnels, and a teeter totter! We also rode the "suicide ditch" which was a long deep trench that you have to climb into and jump out of. Sage did an exceptional job, as the following pictures demonstrate - and we had a blast playing together. But perhaps the best part of the day, was that Sage's excellent performance lent itself to conversation throughout the day about the quality of mustangs. Most of the participants in the clinic had never seen a trained mustang and they were thoroughly impressed with him. It gave me a great opportunity to talk about mustangs, the prison program where I adopted Sage, and the Nevada Discovery Ride. I was pleased that by the end of the day several of the ladies in attendance said they were now considering adopting a mustang, especially if "he'd be as good as Sage!" Here's to changing people's minds about wild horses!
I also made another trip down to Stagecoach to see Sandy. She's coming along well with her gentling and is -thisclose- to being haltered! I'm hoping this week will be the breakthrough!
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.