My intuition told me that Stevie had been a riding horse before his blindness set in, but we know nothing about his past. Fitted with a just a bareback pad and a hackamore for his comfort, we set out to Traylor Ranch. Our collective hunch was that the sweet boy would enjoy and outing and he certainly did. It took him a bit to get familiar with his riding partners, but soon was confident enough to give them clear "back off" signals and stride out ahead of them. Seeing him use all of his senses to excitedly explore his surroundings was one of the most uplifting equine experiences of my life. He was clearly having a ball! He trusted my guidance and did everything but break into a lope, even crossing the wooden bridge.
One of the most endearing things about Stevie is the way his bottom lip hangs a bit and moves quite liberally as he gains speed.
He is such a beautiful, well-built and confident boy. I couldn't be more of proud of Stevie and look forward to enriching his experience here with more adventures.
Next time you visit, call his name and he will answer with a nicker. He loves people!