Tristano is a handsome four year-old gelding who came to LOPE with an ankle injury (see previous blog entry for more background on Tristano). He was recently adopted by Lucy to be a pleasure riding horse. She fell in love with his photo and had him shipped all the way to sunny California.
Lucy recently emailed us some photos and an update on Tristano.
"I wanted to let you know that Tristano is settling in really well to his new home! He has several girlfriends already! Nobody can believe he's only four years' old and off the track. He is so calm and sweet and just takes everything in stride."
Lucy knew Tristano hadn't been ridden regularly since his injury. She was careful to take her time and let him ease back into work. "I did some ground work with him to start off, then led him by hand on the trails and now we ride out about four times a week. He loves it!"
And even Lucy's daughter is helping "retrain" Tristano. "He is very proud to let my three-year-old daughter, Thalia ride him in the ring - she's ridden him a couple of times."
Congratulations to Lucy and Tristano – they are a great team!