Creating a Working Horse; A Series
- June 20, 2016
- Erica Mannix
Hey Cavvy Savvy readers! I wanted to share my most recent working horse experience. This filly is Puma’s Grand Finale, named for being her mother’s last foal as she was orphaned not long after this photo was taken in 2014. Her mother was a spectacular brood mare that we lost to colic. Finale is a full sister to the best horse I have owned and trained thus far, and I have been looking forward to her since before she was born.
Being the fearless and arrogant (thanks to my mentor Dave for that adjective) little thing that she is, she has had a rough go for the first two years of her life. Due to being orphaned and injured twice (once to the extent that she needed assistance to get up) there have been times that I was unsure of whether or not I would get the opportunity to train her and watch her perform, which I desperately want to do because I believe she will be quite talented. However, I finally got the chance to put the first ride on my newest partner and can’t wait for ride number two. She has been a challenge for me since day one, and due to her cockiness will surely continue to do so for a while yet. They say difficult horses have more to give, so I can’t wait for the challenge! There really is nothing quite like raising your own. It has been a reminder of the blessings that we receive in training, working, and living with good horses.
I’m excited to share more with you as my quest for making her a good working horse continues.
About Erica Mannix
I grew up on a 5th generation family cattle ranch in Western Montana with 3 brothers and a very large extended family. Horses have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. They are my passion and I have been fortunate...