When Linda and I gave up horseback
riding, five years or so ago, we
thought we'd never be back. We sold our horses, truck, trailer and
tack; everything. NOW that we are both retired we discovered we had a
desire to take up the sport again. Our main criteria (for a horse) this
time was calm, friendly and healthy.
After searching the
internet we found
we found an add for a buckskin on
Craigs List; 8 year old gelding, 15 hands. The price was way
low compared to the equestrian
sales web sites so I eMailed the owner and asked for
pictures. Once I saw the pictures I knew I had found
something special. He is a horse named simply
"Bayo" (Spanish for buckskin) from Hesperia, CA; a town in the Mojave
started right away and drove all day Sunday, arriving in Hesperia by
3:00 PM that afternoon. The horse turned out to be a big,
friendly guy who was a little tense and confused. He appeared
to be around 8 years old, a little taller than advertised.
belonged to a Mexican man who had fallen on hard times - and had sold
him to Adam (the present owner). Adam's kids named him Bayo
Adam wanted a horse that was pretty spirited and
that would move out when he asked. Bayo didn't understand
what Adam wanted - so he would nearly always just do the Spanish walk.
We took the big Mexican saddle off and replaced it with my
dressage saddle. Then we replaced the curb bit with my
Baucher snaffle (on my bridle). Tango moved better right
(Notice the name change - along with the attitude change.)
After we were convinced at the gentleness of Tango, I mounted up and
went for a test ride. I belive my leg was farther back than
Adam's because the horse did not offer the Spanish walk. We
walked, then cantered a bit. When I tried for the trot he was
extremely tense, like he wasn't supposed to do THAT! We
settled for a kind of trot/walk/shuffle.
Then Linda saddled up and Tango walked right out without wringing his
Notice, in the video (link on the right), instead of trotting Tango
walk in front and trot in back similar to a Missouri Fox Trotter.
Hopefully, he will learn to trot like a normal horse.
did have a nice comfortable canter.
We were very pleased with the horse and elected to buy him without a
vet check. The only equine vet for the area is 30 miles away
and he doesn't do house calls.
Links to some youtube videos.
Dave's test ride.
Linda's test ride.
Trina - from
Epona Farms here in Wilton - contacted a friend who
will pick up Tango Thursday morning, load him into her horse trailer
and bring him up. He should be in his stall at Epona by
We are scheduled to have a big rain storm from Thursday morning thru
following Sunday. Sigh . . . .
I will be keeping a journal as the training of Tango goes forward.
should be interesting.
Tango is very
free in his front shoulders and oversteps at the walk by about a foot.
arriving in his new home in Wilton Tango seemed to accept everything
with a ho-humm attitude. For the first week things have been
On January 7th his training started with an
introduction to the covered arena (ho humm), introduction to the half
bosal halter (ho humm), introduction to the lunge whip (ho humm) and
introduction to the lunge line (ho humm).
He lunged both
directions at the trot with no sign of the shuffle we saw earlier.
He has a nice, relaxed trot. He doesn't understand
yet but he would halt and change directions like lunging was old hat.