Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Cruiser is easily startled, but not nearly as bad as he was years ago. I remember being happy after a ride back in the early days where he only had 3 bad spooks. We had a lot of white-knuckle rides. These days, I only worry that he will hurt himself (reinjure his bowed tendon) doing something sudden. I learned long ago that I wouldn't fall off, and I could stop him pretty quick. I no longer let anyone other than my sister ride him. I just don't want to spend months and months healing his tendon, again.
I have had him for over 21 years, and he really is a terrific horse. He never gets tired and has so much enthusiasm. He is a happy horse on the trail and a joy to ride--unless he spooks--but I can forgive him for it.