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March 14, 2008



it's interesting to see how your mangers and yard are set up. You never see a configuration like that here in the states.


any news on Kaluga?


Beautiful! I love how it's set up!

Victoria Cummings

I'll bet that Doru really enjoys it when you ride him. Stallions get as bad a rap as mares. My daughter learned to ride on a Paint stallion who was a real teddy bear. When you think about how many stallions are isolated, led around with stud chains and treated like dangerous beasts, you've got to feel sorry for them. Doru sounds like he has a very good personality and is a good partner for you.


I know a lot of horses who require "attitude adjustments" in the form of work.


RR / Callie: I was constrained by space to the "L" shape, which has the disadvantage of a corner where horses can crowd. If there is enough space, the horses are used to one another, and the horses are native breeds that can live out, this sort of yard is a good arrangement. It's easy to manage and allows the horses to keep moving around. At night, I often find many of the horses lying down asleep in the sawdust bedding.

Emil: Thank you for asking. As the weather warms up, Kaluga is keeping weight on and seems happy. She likes the new mare Rozy.

Victoria: Doru likes to go out on rides. I do think that one needs to be a mature rider (in the sense of having spent a lot of time riding and learning about horses) to ride a stallion successfully. I think that stallions are more complex than mares. Their mindset is competitive, therefore one needs to stay a step ahead, to earn the stallion's respect through continually good confident horsemanship. Doru has a good character, and he and I seem well matched. Still, he and I need to respect one-another, and I need to stay at least a rung higher up the herd hierarchy. I also need to recognise when it's best not to ride, mainly when my attitude isn't right, because that is when problems are most likely to occur. This is all so much more complicated that anyone told me in a riding school! And more rewarding too.

Scary: Plenty of them do need "attitude adjustment" through work, often supported by a careful feeding regime. In Doru's case, he also benefits from as much freedom as possible to move about and see other horses whilst remembering that he is a stallion. Luckily he doesn't know how to jump fences!

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