Fun with Kigers
On Saturday my friend and I took out our Kigers to the arena. My excuse was just to see how well Cali would do after not being ridden for a while — Meleah’s excuse was to see how her new gelding we brought home from Washington would do.
Smoke did very well. In the trailer he was pretty nervous but we let him ride loose and opened the back section of windows so he could look out. Every now and then I’d see his gray muzzle sniff the wind and then poke back inside. I do know that he was very glad to have landed at our house. He went right to grazing the grass and taking a long drink.
Maleah offered to take Annie for a ride, and notice no saddle? Yep, he’s that calm. This is exactly what Maleah wanted for her girls — she’s got 4 from 8 down to a year and a half. Annie actually cried when I took her off his back and put “Toots” up there. She didn’t want to share Smoke — and he isn’t even hers.
I took Cali out and Cali comes from DianneC up in Washington, same place we picked up Smoke, a mare that now lives in Nevada named Belle, and my new saddle! Looks like we’re attracted to all that Dianne has for sale!
I rode Cali around the arena first for a while in my saddle — which fit her perfectly! She did really well, was a bit stiff at first but then settled in pretty good. I had untacked her in the shade trees when Hubby showed up and I offered for him to take a spin. Bareback, halter and lead and they look like professionals. Cali is about 15 hands, Hubby is 6′.
They all cruised around the ring at a nice little pace — well, Cali lapped Smoke I think. Maleah said she’s going to rename him “Mo,” as in “Mo-lasses.” But that’s perfect for a kid’s horse!
He took Meleah’s two oldest girls ages 8 and 5 around the ring by themselves (pictured above is her 3 year old.) They were able to control him very well, stop, turn and he didn’t pick up an ounce of speed. He knew he was supposed to be careful.
I think I could talk Maleah in to joining us for our Play Days once a month and yes, Cali, I’ll take you too (why does Sunnie get to have all the fun?)