My Affair with Black Tie

I always knew better than to pray for patience, as I was never ready to take that journey.  However, my affair with Black Tie has certainly taught me patience.    Black Tie is my fabulous Egyptian Arabian, who I adopted from Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, and began my journey to work with him.  He was the “escape artist”  in the Miami area, and was picked up 2 times by the Animal Control.  The second time, the owner refused to take him back, and so he arrived at our Palm City facility.

I first noticed that he was withdrawn and his eyes were very sad.  Then the first time I went into the pasture to catch him, it took me 45 minutes (first lesson in patience).  But, for some reason, I was drawn to him and his mysterious ways.   So, I began my affair – journey to earn his trust and love.  From catching, to walking and lunging, and the trials that all of this entailed, I personally grew to love this horse and all that he was teaching me (patience included).

Black Tie as a rescue was very withdrawn and sad looking.

It took a good year of working with Black Tie to get him accepting a saddle, and then a rider.  In fact, the first day that I was mounting him, he spooked just as I was dismounting, and I wound up flat on my back on the ground.  So, with a compression fracture in my back, I could not mount or begin riding for 6 weeks.  I was broken hearted!!  My affair was on hold!  Or was it?  I found ways to spend as much time with him as I could, even though I couldn’t really work him myself.  I was truly taken in by my “TieMan”, as I was calling him by then.  I watched and coached as other volunteers worked him, as Kirsten rode him in our Wednesday classes, and as he spent time with me just “hanging out”.

Finally, I was released to ride and the affair continued. My Black Tie (Man) Affair!! At first, bareback, then accepting me with the saddle and now I ride him outside of the roundpin and am training him for trail rides.  His eyes have softened and are trusting now.  He is still that “hot-blooded” arabian, but with trust and love for the human now. 

 What a joy this affair has been.  And, who has grown the most, Black Tie or me?  That is a question that still goes unanswered.  

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Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

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Photos Contributed by:
Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

Quote Of The Day

In our highly competitive horse world today, we are too often prone to believe that ‘more is better.’ This has led to excesses and unsound and harmful practices that are not based on good movement and body-use principles
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