“Evan” – December’s GOOD HORSE

By Subscriber/Contributor Sarah Phillips

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I bought Mr. Evan several years ago as a jumper.  While I loved his personality, I found that I did not enjoy riding him.  He was difficult off of your leg, he didn’t like to go into corners, and you couldn’t have any sort of consistent contact.  I started to think about selling him to someone with more skill than I. On a whim – I decided to try one last thing: dressage. I told my two girls that I was sending Evan to boarding school.

Jackie Stoutenburg, my trainer, has not only changed his life, but also mine.  All that I asked was to have a more ridable horse, and last month we competed in our first dressage show!  Not only is he now very responsive to my leg, but we are learning all of these cool new moves (to someone who has never studied dressage) – side passes, shoulder in, haunches in, and he’s even started to learn some passage. I have to say, I’ve never had so much fun learning and riding.

A dream came true and last month I got to move Mr. Evan out of his training barn, and to my home where he hangs out with my two geldings, and retired mare. I wasn’t sure how he was going to like the home life, but he has been nothing short of awesome. We trailer to meet my trainer 4 days a week – and even get to go out on trail several days per week.  He has turned out to be the “a bit of everything” horse that I’ve always dreamed of owning.

Happy Holidays and Happy horsing!





Author: Sarah

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