It was a beautiful spring morning as Kandis and I hooked up the horse trailer. We were once again on the lookout for that special horse to add to our school horse lineup. However, the trip would be a bit different this time. For the first time in years, we weren’t alone. We had Kandi’s three-week-old baby girl with us.
Throughout the years, our travels have taken us many a mile to meet a horse that could potentially become a personal mount, a school horse, or a good partner for a client. Although, these trips have always been enjoyable, the horse has not always been a good match. But on this particular day we were far from disappointed.
As we pulled up to the pasture entrance, there he was, standing at attention in knee-high grass with his beautiful Arab head held high, ears perked, reddish coat glistening in the sun! Whoa! Experience told us…Not too fast! He has a test or two to pass before we fall in love.
We went over all the usual preliminaries with the owner, and then it was finally time to throw a saddle on that beautiful back and HOPE that he was as ready for us as we were for him. Kandis still had some healing to do after childbirth, so I got to perform the riding test this time. Lots of freedom, lots of green grass, and not too much recent riding exercise was justification for “Woody” being a little “fresh.” I could feel his back begin to hump under my seat and knew that if I gave him any excuse at all, it would be bronco time! Even so, I knew in an instant that he was coming home with us. His gates were smooth as glass, and it was obvious he had been trained well.
That was over 9 years ago. Today we continue to cherish this remarkable guy we call “Epic.” He keeps us laughing with his comical personality and mischievous ways.
Epic is a willing guy when we ask him to work. He patiently carries students of all ages and skill levels, teaching them some of the finer points of riding. He is also an expert in serving as a pleasure mount, a show horse, a trusted mount at pony parties & family events, and a camp “pony.” He’s always quite happy to partake in whatever activity we can scheme up.
Perhaps most importantly, Epic became a friend and protector of that three-week-old baby girl who went with us to get him on that special morning. Today, he safely carries her 17-month old sister, as well. Those little girls love their gentle companion and ride him nearly every day.
Contributed by Sherry Wallmark – Mom & Grandma to the beautiful girls in the pictures & Owner of Roze-El Stables, our piece of Heaven on Earth