My work on my new playground equipment has me feeling fit and as sleek as can be.
We have gymnastic grids where first, I trot through poles, and then...
...we bounce out. (I like to bounce)
The cross rails keep me aimed in the right spot. These are easy. We trot up to them to keep me from getting over eager.
But there is something more complicated ahead. And it is sporting fresh, new, bright lumber... I give it the "stink eye".
It's an "oxer". Back in Merry Olde England, where fields are fenced with hedges, they would put a rail on one side to keep the cattle (oxen) from rubbing and pushing through the hedge. This rail was called an oxer. So, and hedge with a rail was an "oxer" . A rail on each side made the hedge that much more formidable for the hunters to jump. They could not just brush through the tops of the hedge. They had to jump the full height.
So, two jumps side by side, just as wide as they are tall, are called an "oxer". I am getting used to oxers gradually. Mine has a rail down but I still look at it funny because it is bright and new. Brita threatens to paint all our equipment white next year....
But still I have fun! I am the Horse with the flying tail!
Hi. My name is William Pendleton Grey. Registered Name "Pendleton". I am an 14 year old American Saddlebred gelding. I live in Western NY with my owner and a couple of other Saddlebreds. I am ridden Huntseat and Saddleseat. I enjoy hacking through the fields, some dressage work, and occassionally a horse show.
I come from a very famous family. My half brothers and sisters are always winning awards in fine harness, and park classes in the really big and important shows. My mother's name is Attache's Galatea (full sister to CH Unattached, Finally Attached, and Moet) and my sire is Deep Blue. Some of my famous siblings are CH Revolver (Day's Grecian Grey), Whitney Houston, Foxy Camilla and Paranormal.
A couple of years ago I tried to learn to be a five gaited horse, but it was a classic case of "white boy got no rhythm". I really like to go Huntseat, and galloping is my absolute favorite. My owner keeps me at home and says I am a "personal riding horse". But, she took me to the local horse show, and I got a blue ribbon on my first try. Maybe we'll go back and do that again. I really enjoyed it!