Horse Angels is a non-profit in Spencer, Indiana run by Sue Whitman DVM. She is a woman with a tremendous heart and gift for horses.
Though my journey there today did not result in a good match for my purposes, both horses would have been awesome pleasure mounts, and indeed deserve a loving and good home. If you have a heart of giving, I'm sure they could benefit from donations. If you have an empty stall crying out for a pleasure horse, or even a show home, I'll bet she could hook you up with a forever friend.
Randy was super cute. Unfortunately he has a fly allergy that requires a medication in the summer months that is banned by the AERC. He would be an energetic horse to put towards many disciplines, but he would need medication in the summer months to curb the itchies. Punch was just a lovely young throughbred, but my riding style which is "funky" (be kind...) wasn't communicating well with her. I ride with some contact, and I've never used a bit.
Punch was trained to ride off seat and leg on a loose rein and I was sending her all kinds of conflicting information. I was unable to get a good circle in the indoor riding area at either trot or canter. She is capable because a really experienced rider was on hand to ride her, and it was beautiful. Punch would have been wasted on me honestly, unless I wanted to delve deep into lessons and arena work. But if I am to do that, I'd just stay with my girl.
The horse I was most likely to fall in love with was Olive. She is a 3 year old quarter horse mare, and is so sleek, tall, and elegant. Not the optimal breed for the job at hand. I could just see her in my mind jumping, or under saddle in some english pursuit. Alas though, not an endurance prospect.
The Rescue is a phenomenal, well-kept place, sprawled over a hundred acres. The horses all seemed happy, the stalls were clean, and Sue is an amazing, AMAZING woman. I was very humbled by our trip there today. H-U-M-B-L-E-D in deep way.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association