Horse Tales: Loba’s Story

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Loba was adopted around the year 2001 into a loving home, along with her friend Wiley. She grew up (to a whopping 13.3 hands) and went to the trainer, but her owner was a busy woman and as the years went by she had less and less time to ride her. Soon Loba began to get bored, and so she came to visit Wild Ones for the first time. This was about six years ago.

I volunteered to ride her; she looked like a fun horse! She was full of energy! Turns out there were a few things I didn’t know about Loba. I got on and began riding her around the arena, and then Tejon came toward her. That’s when I found out Loba didn’t like other horses coming towards her head on. She began to buck. Yet, I still had one thing left to learn about her. I yelled “whoa” as she was bucking, never betting it would actually work. That’s when I learned important item number two about Loba:  she’s verbally trained, extremely well. That is when I got reacquainted with the ground.

548131_10151005403099791_1674675638_nNot long after that, Loba went home. We had decided she would just be too much for the kids. She stayed home for a few years, and played with her owner and the neighbor girl before her owner decided that it was time to move her horses to a new home. She was just too busy. So Loba came back to live at Wild Ones, this time for good.

This time around, I was a little more prepared in my horse knowledge and my Loba knowledge. With the help of Laura and Mariah I began slowly introducing her to walking straight at another horse. We started on the ground, and then moved to under saddle. In just a few months Loba was fearlessly riding towards other horses. In the meantime she had begun to trust me and a young lady who participates in the JUMP program. That young lady used her for Wild Ones drill team, what a pair! They are both very energetic and were both excited to get moving. Finally Loba began to find a purpose!

After the drill season her job ended. She is a very sensitive horse, and so the number of people who ride her is very limited. Loba and I went back to work learning some of the finer points of riding and playing in the obstacle course, where she excels and fearlessly tackles any obstacle.

226139_10150275387569791_1117286_nSummer came around and it looked like Loba would have a lazy few months since she still wasn’t ready for camp kids. We finally decided to try her in hand with the day campers, who tend to be on the younger side. In that capacity, Loba found a job. When being led by someone small she lowers her head and walks their speed, carefully behind them. It’s quite amazing to see that from a horse that is always in high gear!  It may be a small job, but it’s an important one. She is extraordinarily kind to the small kids on the ground. She will stand still to be brushed, washed, and even painted by their little hands!

Loba found a purpose in this and is learning how to be a calmer horse under saddle. She and Jeanie are getting to know each other now, and I can see a friendship growing. I recently rode her in the Oregon Horse Center trail course, where she completed nearly every obstacle I presented her with. As she learns to be calm, she is also teaching our more advanced girls a valuable lesson: to ride with a calm body. Loba’s purpose just keeps growing and growing. She is a little horse with a big heart.

-Amelia

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3 responses to “Horse Tales: Loba’s Story

  1. jenaie

    Linda you gave us three wonderful horses.

  2. Linda Hitzeman

    What a wonderful story about a great little mare! She was foaled in 1998, adopted at the October 1999 Kiger adoption in Burns, OR, then left alone at a farm for about another year because she was pregnant when adopted (as a yearling!) We left her alone until after she had foaled because we didn’t want ot stress out such a young mare and possibly make her pregnancy more difficult for her. After she foaled, then we began to work with gentling her and the foal. After the foal was weaned at six months, the real work of gentling began. From the very beginning, Loba was a sensitive girl, tended to over react to most stimuli, but was quite kind and eager to please. Her saddle training was done by a young girl as a senior 4H project. Loba was shown at the Clark County Fair under saddle at the completion of her training and did quite well. As you stated, she quickly became too much horse for me, as I am not a very good rider, and I knew she had great potential as a saddle horse. I of course thought of my dear friends the Langleys, and the Wild Ones program, and hoped that Loba could serve a purpose with the program. I am so pleased that she has found her forever home at Wild Ones, and that people are getting the chance to ride this mare and discover her true value! Thank you so much, Amelia, for being one of the few people to have the courage, skill and intelligence to ride Loba and help her become the horse she is today! Thank you thank you thank you all at Wild Ones!

    • mike

      Thank You LInda for filling in the Early details of Lobas’s life with people. We are soooo glad to have her here with us … mike Langley