By Patty Wilber
I have these two youngsters in the barn and I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying them.
Sombra, the Placitas Mustang, is owned by Mary Ann Shinnick. She picked him out last year and he arrived in July 2019 as an unhandled (uncatchable), but friendly two year old. He is now, yes, three, and has been under saddle since April 2020.
He was SUPPOSED to be a “rescue and sell” project, but we have all kind of fallen for him, and since he has turned out to be a super solid citizen, he gets to stay for the foreseeable future!
I am probably, maybe, I think so, going to enter him in Christy Harding’s Virtual Trail Challenge in the Green Horse division. Mary Ann will probably, maybe, I think so, ride our old faithful Spanish Barb, Cometa, in the Intermediate division. Entries are due by the 16th or something!
This other guy is Black Jack, a four-year-old goof ball of uncertain parentage that Shirley Wilson rescued. He just finished ride 39 (two months under saddle). He gets lighter and more consistent every day!
He is a ton of fun with a nice forward (but not overly so) and uphill way of going. He is stout and not more than 14.2 hands high but he has a big stride and is so smooth at all gaits!
He is going to do a Back Country Horseman project this weekend, and will learn to cross water, one way or another! (If I felt he was going to be a problem, I would not be taking him!)
I don’t think I have quite enough finesse work on him for the Virtual Trail Challenge, but he is definitely going to be a fabulous and engaging trail horse down the road (or single track or mountain or UP the mountain)!