VILASA'S FIRST SADDLE
THIS DIRECTORY TO NAVIGATE THE SERIES:
ALBUM 1: INTRO AND TRAILER TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 2: EARLY TRAINING
TRAINING ALBUM 3: ARETHA'S FIRST
TRAINING ALBUM 4: ANGELITA'S FIRST
TRAINING ALBUM 5: VILASA'S FIRST SADDLE
the first training notebook, we discussed our training philosophy
and gave a fun
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.)
The next three articles rock'n'roll-- presenting the first
time our three fillies were ridden. Here we present Her
Royal Highness, Vilasa BSN, who is probably the best horse
we've produced. First saddles always represent surprises.
Rodeos happen when you don't expect them, and calmness reigns
when you anticipate hysteria. What will happen with red
saw Vilasa in Training Note Book 2 demonstrating a few things
and then bucking like crazy when the stirrups hit her. She's
a very, very hot filly, the daughter of our beloved La
Soberbia and the six time US and Canadian National Champion
of Champions Breeding Stallion, *JOR
Norte y Sur+. Norte's won so many titles that it would
take a whole page to list them.
have a story about Norte. Kind of a turning point for me.
The first time I saw Norte y Sur, he'd just arrived in this
country from Peru. He was underweight from the quarantine
and stress of traveling. He still looked absolutely fabulous.
He was up at the Kimmel's place, Rancho de Colores in Monterey.
Different people were riding him in their arena. I couldn't
believe how beautiful he was. The ease of movement. His
elegance. Nobility. I thought, "I wish I could have
a horse like that. Why can't we have horses like that?"
Well, we do now. You can have one, too. Just breed a mare
to Norte. Click on his name above and learn how.
photos in this notebook were taken a few weeks after the
other training albums: Vilasa took a little extra time and
care to be ready for this important first saddle. And even
so-- when the time came to get on her and move her out,
Tony wanted someone helping him on the ground who was a
bit more experienced, not to mention spry, than Barry.
do you do when it's too tough to handle yourself? Call in
the cops. Or a consultant, at least.
made arrangements for our friend and superb professional
trainer, Sandro Mazzi, to come over and handle Vilasa from
the ground. We hit the jackpot! Little did we know that
his father, Sr. Manuel Mazzi (Known as Manolo) was in the
United States with Sra. Mazzi. The Mazzi's are among the
most respected breeders of Peruvian Pasos in the world.
Sr. Mazzi has judged both the US and Peruvian National Championships
as well as countless regional shows. He has bred some of
the finest Pasos in the world. Manolo is an excellent hand
with a horse and an incredible rider. Father and son showed
up to help us with Vilasa.
MANOLO MAZZI STUDIES THE SITUATION
Mazzi entered the round pen with the air of a surgeon entering
the operating room. He watched Tony prepare Vilasa for riding,
longeing her in both directions, warming her up. When things
were ready, he approached Tony.
MANOLO MAZZI INSTRUCTS TONY ABOUT A LITTLE "DETAIL"
most important joint in the horse's body in terms of correct
functioning under saddle is the joining of the neck vertebrae
to the skull. If a horse is "locked up" or stiff
in this joint, it's locked up everywhere. And prone to bucking,
leaping, rearing and running away. Peruvians know this.
That's why they do all those limbering exercises. We knew
that joint had to be loose. We've heard Harry Whitney and
Deb Bennet and other horsy experts say the same thing. (A
tight neck joint may have been responsible for the flying
lesson Tony took off of Aretha in Notebook 3.) Why did we
forget with Vilasa? The first thing Manolo noticed was that
Vilasa was locked up. Manolo's shown here talking to Tony
and limbering Vilasa's head to the right.
MANOLO MAZZI WORKS VILASA'S HEAD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
When he felt Vilasa was sufficiently "loose",
Manolo instructed Sandro and Tony to begin.
TONY PREPARES TO MOUNT WITH SANDRO ASSISTING
Tony's mounted Vilasa a million times from both sides
and sat in the saddle. This is different. They're going
to move out.
TONY'S UP-- SITTING CAREFULLY
Moment of truth: What will she do?
Careful preparation pays off. She just walks out. No
HAVE A BLAST!
Picking up speed a few moments later.
VILASA MOVES OUT
She's lively, but not out of control. The two guys are
having a great time.
A FEW THRILLS
She's a hot filly, after all. Look at the smiles on
both men's faces! These guys had fun the whole time-- and
Vilasa was never terribly upset. Absolutely no rodeo bucking
the whole session.
SHE'S LOCKED UP HERE
Vilasa came out of her upset a little perturbed. . She
comes to a stop with front legs set and locked. Also her
neck. Horses buck, bolt, rear and so on when they're "locked
up." Watch what Sandro does. (Also
notice his smileŚ)
SANDRO WORKS HER HEAD AND NECK TO THE RIGHT, UNLOCKING
Look at her front legs: Rigid. If she wasn't limbered
up now, she'd do something regrettable.
WORKING THAT NECK TO THE LEFT
Vilasa's softening already. Look at that left front foot.
She's loosened up and ready to start moving again.
few more minutes working, and that was it. First session
done. Did the Mazzi's like this horse? Oh, yes.
came over one other time to help Tony. After that, Vilasa
had progressed to the point that he didn't think we needed
his help. I guess not, because a week later:
BARRY LEADS VILASA AROUND LIKE A KID'S HORSE
Well, almost. A very hot kid's horse. Look how relaxed
FROM THERE, IT'S A SIMPLE STEP TO LONGEING
AND THEN BEING RIDDEN IN THE ROUND PEN WITH NO LONGE
Look at this filly's carriage and elegance. All
natural. She's the spitting image of her dad, *JOR Norte
IT'S A SIMPLE STEP DOWN TO THE ARENA WITH THE "BIG
heard a noise outside my kitchen the other day. I was Tony,
riding Vilasa on our front lawn. She's progressed so fast.
Very hot, but very sensible and not afraid of anything.
We haven't shown her yet. That's a simple progression in
training. One step at a time, when she's ready.
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