By Patty Wilber
I have three geldings I am starting this autumn and they fall on a continuum of personality. It is fun to figure out how hard to push and when to go slower. That is something to consider everyday with colts, and generally, I tend to go slower rather than faster.
Coincidentally, I recently read “When Slow is Worse” (thanks Barb K.) which discussed the pitfalls of not moving quite fast enough in training (and thank goodness she was talking about A LOT slower than my pace). Still, the article got me thinking about the differences between the three geldings.
I saw a cartoon on facebook (I couldn’t relocate it) that showed a glaring mare, a glaring stallion and a goofy gelding. Now H (co-owned by me and Judith Huchton), at two, isn’t actually super goofy but he has a really chill attitude.
He is also responsive, smart, and has a ton of try. You just can’t beat this combination. He has a high spot on the “Easiest Horses I Have Ever Started” list. Now, with all that hype, I better make sure I help him live up to his potential in the show pen!!