Getting into Warmbloods and dressage was
either purely accidental, or maybe just the road life took
me down. I early on had an Anglo that was challenging to say
the least, he taught me many good safe horse handling
skills, safe rope techniques, and care to listen to his view
and not overface him.
He also started me on the path to dressage –
all I knew of dressage at the time was it involved training,
and well trained I figured would be safer to ride, which I
needed with my Anglo!
Because my Anglo was such a challenge, I
decided my next horse would be a Warmblood as I had heard
that they were quiet. I spent some time looking and
assessing movement in youngsters, and eventually found a
yearling that I liked.
Never again will I have the good fortune to
be so graced and so lucky to have a horse that was so quiet
and so gifted and so obliging and gave so much and tried so
hard, with movement and rythym to boot.
It wasn’t til quite a few years later that I
discovered that not all Warmbloods were that good!! Please
read my page on
Fourwinds Wilderness competition career,
which although impressive goes no way toward doing justice
to such a wonderful creature, with the biggest heart you
could hope for.
It is my hope that by using positive
reinforcement training, especially clicker training, that
perhaps I have a chance to in the future have a horse that
will give me even just a fraction of the rapport and
willingness and communication that Fourwinds Wilderness
gave. If so I will still have a very amazing and talented
horse that can be my riding companion for the next eighteen
or so years. And I will have two headstarts – a daughter or
son of my grand old man, and clicker training to give me
My Warmblood breeding program was very small
scale. I have a few handpicked mares that complimented my
stallions conformation, yet at the same time retaining the
movement and the rythym and the willingness and most
especially the trainability. Now Fourwinds Wilderness is no
longer with us, the mares will stay here in retirement.
I do have some very promising young progeny
still available by Fourwinds Wilderness. Please contact me
for more details.