Monday, December 14, 2015
In the spring of 2013, my sister, Ellen, made the trip to West Virginia to the Quietude Stud. She was going to meet her dream horse, but she didn’t know it at the time. Her Morgan mix, Ranger, was getting up in years, and she was looking for another horse to gradually fill his shoes as he aged. When she laid her eyes on Dante, she felt he would be the one.
We couldn’t have asked for a better horse. Ellen needs a quiet, trustworthy horse, and that is what Dante turned out to be. He hardly spooks, and when he does spook, it isn’t bad and he calms down right away.
Dante genuinely enjoys trail riding. We have never met a horse that likes to look around at things as much as Dante. He is such a sight seer out on the trail. In the beginning, it made Ellen worry. She He likes to touch things, too. Whenever he sees something interesting, he tries to walk over to it to touch it. He is such a curious and playful horse. Ellen does nothing to stifle it. We both delight in his silly ways.
We trail ride together as much as we can—nearly every weekend if the weather permits, and we take all our vacation time off together to trail ride, too. We do lots of trotting and a bit of cantering on our rides. Dante is, quite honestly, not the fastest horse in the barn—but he certainly is the smoothest. If I lead on my Morab, Cole Train, we often have to wait for them to catch up. Dante doesn’t seem to mind if other horses get too far ahead. He stays calm and keeps going. Now and then, he decides to go fast—his trot is still smooth and his canter is lovely.
Ellen and Dante have had some difficulties that they had to work through, but we found that once Dante knows what we want, he is happy to comply. She has learned to trust him, and he has learned to take care of her. If she gets nervous, Dante will often just stop to give her a chance to relax.
When Ellen bought Dante, she knew he would be a good horse. She didn’t know he would be a dream horse; but she knows it now. He’s a perfect match. It takes time to build a horse/human relationship, but when everything starts to fall in place, it is a beautiful thing.