This is Fosse. He is a registered Arabian out of a beautiful Sire named Storm Dancer (thus his name Fosse after the dancer/choreographer). Although this is not a current photograph, it is one of my favorites and he's not changed much anyway. Fosse is a left-brained extrovert (like me). He wants to play, is a bit naughty, very intelligent, and a true gem. I am blessed to have him in my life. He and I have been together since he was a yearling so, well over a decade. I acquired him when he was to be euthanized due to a severe genetic heart defect. He was bred for endurance. His heart sound very much like a washing machine and the veterinarians always enjoy listening to it! At year 5, I was told I could ride him but primarily at the walk. The concern was if he was to drop dead, suddenly (which was expected), that no undue stress is put on the horse and, that we were not riding in a gallop when it happens. Anyhow, he is fun and we enjoy each other very much. I do ride him, we play with obstacles, we chase chickens. and just have a great time. When you see him out in the field with the horses, he gallops, bucks, and is very athletic and gorgeous.
Fosse and I enjoyed a connected, liberty session tonight. We worked on circling close and far away (both directions), gait changes, serpentines, sideways, squeeze, and much more. He is so connected to me that it is amazing. I barely cue and he moves, turns, stops, and anything else - like he reads my mind before I ask. This horse literally looks like he is floating on air, what an acrobat! When I am with Fosse I feel like we are always one. I know you are not supposed to say so but I lean towards saying he is my favorite.
Michelle Young is a horse lover, animal advocate, Reiki Master Teacher, holistic healer, Parelli Savvy Club Gold Member and Level 3 Student, academic library director, professor, and more. Contact Michelle.
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