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TRAINING
NOTEBOOK 4:
SADDLE TRAINING,
ANGELITA'S FIRST SADDLE

USE THIS DIRECTORY TO NAVIGATE THE SERIES:

TRAINING ALBUM 1: INTRO AND TRAILER TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 2: EARLY TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 3: ARETHA'S FIRST SADDLE
TRAINING ALBUM 4: ANGELITA'S FIRST SADDLE
TRAINING ALBUM 5: VILASA'S FIRST SADDLE

In the first training notebook, we discussed our training philosophy and gave a lesson in trailer loading. The second article presents vital early and pre-saddle training that every horse must receive to be a good equine citizen. (This was not without thrills.) Now we rock'n'roll-- presenting the first time our three fillies are ridden. The first album presented Reina de Alma's (Aretha's) memorable first saddle. This notebook presents Angelita de Venganza BSN's first saddle and subsequent rides. The following notebook show our superstar, Vilasa BSN, going under saddle.


HERE'S AVISPA ON THE LONGE LINE.
She can really move on that line.

A word about horse names: All our horses are purebred Peruvian Pasos. That means their official registered names are very impressive Spanish or Spanish-sounding appellations. Then we have barn names--what we call our horses around the barn. We get a kick out of fancy registered horses having really down to earth names like "Bob" and "Gus" and "Eddie". We also have a tradition of naming our babies after friends who may be visiting when they're born or friends or relatives we want to remember. So, my cousin Eddie Shomber was visiting when my horse, Eddie, was born. Eddie's "real" name is Rey de Corazones BSN. "King of Hearts" with our breeder's suffix added. "BSN" stands for Barry and Sandra Nathan.

Other people have ideas about horse names, too. Tony works with the horses every day and gives them nicknames he likes, that fit their personalities. He calls Aretha, who's first saddle was shown in Album 3, "Golondrina". Swallow. A pretty, soaring black bird. That fits her.

The filly shown on this page, "Angelita de Venganza BSN", Tony named "Avispa". He said it means "Bumblebee" in Spanish, which fits her perfectly. Except I looked it up in the Spanish dictionary, and it said, "wasp". Oooh. She's not like. Too late. The name has stuck. She's Avispa-- but a very nice girl.

(Another horse name story: We named a great gelding Corcovado, after the famous geological formation in Rio de Janeiro. My dictionary says it means, "Hunchback" in Spanish. Oh, well. Corco's shown in Training Album # 1, getting into a trailer.)

 


TONY LONGES AVISPA BEFORE THE FIRST SADDLE.

Note how relaxed he is. Not even watching her.

Avispa is four-- a year older than the two other fillies shown in these pages. She was slow maturing, so we gave her an extra year before heavy training. We're not in any hurry. She's more filled out than her "classmates"-- due to her age. She was also the easiest to get ready and-- you'll see.

 


TONY GETS ON. BARRY ORGANIZES THE LONGE LINE.
ARE THESE GUYS TOO RELAXED? THIS IS A HOT FILLY.

(Look at the length of her hip from the point of hip to the point of butt. A very well balanced filly. Lots of muscling. Clean legs.)

 


SOMETIMES IT LOOKS LIKE BALLET
Barry led Avispa around for a while, then put her out on the longe like.
Look at how relaxed they are.


HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS A FIRST SADDLE.
Tony's not even touching the bosal reins now.

 


TONY'S JUST HOLDING ONTO A HUNK OF MANE
Notice the slack longe line, how relaxed the mare is.

OKAY, THAT WAS THE FIRST SADDLE. DID SHE BLOW UP THE NEXT TIME, LIKE A LITTLE KID GOING TO SCHOOL? YOU KNOW, THE FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL, THE KID IS IN SUCH SHOCK THAT HE DOESN'T ACT UP. THE SECOND DAY, HE REALIZES THAT IT'S PERMANENT AND PULLS A SCREAMER. WILL AVISPA TO THAT? d


NO.
First a nice lead around, then...


A PLEASANT LONGE ....


THEN AN EQUALLY PLEASANT BURST OF SPEED.

 


ENDING UP OFF THE LONGE LINE, LOOKING LIKE THIS.
THIS SET OF PHOTOS ARE ALL FROM AVISPA'S SECOND SADDLE.
Look at that action, the head set. Notice how she reaches with her hind legs. All natural! We didn't do anything to get this. This is a horse under saddle for the second time, not a finished show horse!

 


A FEW DAYS LATER

 


OUT OF THE ROUND PEN, INTO THE ARENA
Avispa's first trip into the big, wide world. Look at how she uses her back legs. This is gait.

 


SAILING AROUND A CORNER THE FIRST DAY OUT

What to say? Sometimes you get lucky.

TRAINING ALBUM 1: INTRO AND TRAILER TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 2: EARLY TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 3: ARETHA'S FIRST SADDLE
TRAINING ALBUM 4: ANGELITA'S FIRST SADDLE
TRAINING ALBUM 5: VILASA'S FIRST SADDLE

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Click the covers above to go Sandy Nathan's books on the Amazon Kindle store. All Kindle books are 99 cents.
They are also available as print books at Amazon.
The Angel and Numenon are also at the Nook store. The Angel is an iBook, as well
.