Category: Orion

Year Wrap-up Orion

Orion sees the end of his sixth year of life as a fully mature horse. It is has been a long time coming and he has distinguished himself while still a growing boy but finally I can start really pushing him physically. This year I have learned a great deal more about training a horse…


Orion – Raising The Bar

Of late, I have starting to think that perhaps I have set my sights too low when it comes to Orion. By this I mean I have always maintained that all I needed or wanted from him was a horse I could ride into mock combat and be competitive in the medieval games we take…


Orion November Update

Orion is maturing more all the time. Just when I think he must be reaching his full size, he puts on more muscle. ;> Along with this muscle and strength, also comes more balance. He is second only to Fona in collection, but since I work with him more often, I expect him to overtake her in…


Trying a New Bit for Orion

I announced on Facebook earlier today that I was trying out a new bit on Orion; one that had more leverage and a slightly higher port, which required a well trained horse and a rider with light hands. I was asked by several people why I was doing this. Most seemed to think I was…


Orion’s Police Horse Training

We spent the last weekend at a two day workshop where the instructor, Jim Barrett of Police Horse Pros employed the training techniques used to desensitize horse for mounted police work to despook civilian mount. These techniques include ground work, formation drills,  and sensory training where scary objects, sounds and actions are gradually introduced to the horses and…


Orion’s Training Plan

When I first began Orion’s training, at about 8 months of age, I came up with a rough plan as to how that training would progress as he grew. First Year: Earn his trust and respect with regular round pen work. Goal was to have him easy to handle and respectful, willing to stand for…


Ready to Compete

For the several days I have put the other horses on hold to tune Orion and Curly up for a competition in Newberg, OR this upcoming weekend. It will be the first and last time I get to compete in Medieval Gaming this season. While I did get to ride at my own even in April, I was…


Last day of August

Today I rode Zephyr, Raffona, Bellatrix and Orion. I will now post the status of each in regards to what I am currently working on with them. Zephyr Z has come a long way in a short time. His weight and physical conditioning are much improved. He is also much more flexible and collected. He…


Orion’s History To Date

Orion came to us at the age of 7 months. The first thing we noticed, after the fact that he looked for all the world like a llama, what with all the curly hair and silly long neck, was a near total lack of fear in the little guy.  Not just no fear of the…