We are a н υ я я ι c α η є. (by Horsemaniac)
This is my first time actually riding Perri, the American Saddlebred. This is a great feat for us both, as I’ve not been able to see him as much as I want to, but I finally felt that we were ready!
I first met Perri 3 years ago when I was visiting some family members on the coast, and he was in the field down the road. He used to have 2 other horses with him, but his owner could not afford to feed them all so they were rescued. I started by just observing this beautiful horse from the fence. He was too skittish to come up to me, so I didn’t push.
My grandmother happened to be friends with his owner, who seems to be going through a hard time and couldn’t provide him with the grain that this 22 year old horse needed. I was told that I could go in with him and give him carrots. It took me a few hours for him to finally let me give him carrots, but I couldn’t touch him and he was obviously afraid of me. I broke the last carrot in half to make it last longer, and the sound scared him, so he took off running.
He was head shy, and any sudden movement set him off running, but after a few summers of spending time around him, I was able to bring friends along to visit him. I was bringing 3 friends along with myself to get him used to more people, and he adjusted to my loud, talks-with-her-hands friend like an old fat pony.
Now this summer my grandmother called me up and told me that she had accepted taking Perri in. So, I spent more time with him. I would sit down and read near him, and he wouldn’t understand why I wasn’t paying attention to him so he’d put his head between me and the book so that I’d give him more attention.
So, the other day I got out his old Dressage saddle and got out all the necessary padding that his swayback needed, oiled up his bridle, and here we are!
Thank you, smileforallthemhaaters for filming us!
Perri, a 24 year old American Saddlebred, is one of the most cautious and shy horses I’ve ever met. He’s had a rough few years before being taken in by a few family members, and used to be extrememly head shy, but now if he’s used to you, he’ll love on you and, as shown here, show off in his true flashy Saddlebred manor.