Acquired: Barn / trainer
By T Lee
De Leon Springs, Florida, United States
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Isaiah was my dream horse. I owned him since he was a yearling. I gelded him and raised him for 2 years before I began training him under saddle. His large size dictated that he grow before working under saddle or on a lounge line.
Isaiah grew to 17.2 hands (a hand is 4 inches) and weighed 2600 pounds - a very big boy. It took me a year to become accustomed to riding on his back due to his size.
One day, early in our training, Isaiah was trotting along nicely. All we had done to this point was walk and trot. Suddenly, he rolled into a gentle canter. It was lovely beyond words, but as he tucked his back legs up under him, he rolled his back and he rolled me right out of that saddle. PLOP! I landed on the ground next to him. He stopped, looked down at me, and appeared puzzled as if to say, "Mom, what are you doing down there?"
I laughed, brushed myself off, and climbed back on Isaiah. We continued our training and riding for many years.