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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.