Rambo is an eleven year old Morgan horse that my friends in McElmo Canyon have given to me. The horse had a poor start in his life – he was found by a kind man, standing in somebody’s backyard up to his knees in mud. He didn’t even know he was a horse. The man brought him to his home in a canyon near Dove Creek, Colorado. The horse was so scared, the man had to let him run with his other horses for a year before he could start training him. Eventually the horse, named Little Dan, became the best horse the man had had and together they have been all around the country in the Four Corners area, all the way to the top of the Abajo Mountains. Five years ago the man sold Little Dan to our friend’s ranch hand, who used the horse for him and his family until he left the ranch three years ago. Little Dan was basically deserted and since then he has only been grazing and hanging around.
I rode him in March 2017. I was a very green rider and Little Dan was not interested – he was quite rambunctious and I renamed him Rambo. Since then we have talked about what to do with him. I rode him again in November 2017 and he was pretty ok when we were not alone. He is a beautiful horse and I wanted to give him a chance instead of being just abandoned and sold off. Meanwhile I got very motivated to learn more about riding and early 2018 I was very fortunate to be introduced to extremely experienced trainer Terry Berg here in Santa Fe. I have taken riding lessons with her up to three times a week and am learning a LOT!
In February we visited the ranch and Rambo was out in the pasture. I was surprised to be able to get very close with him on several occasions. When our friends, Rambo’s owners, saw what a connection I had with him, they wanted me to take care of him. Wow!
So, yesterday Rambo arrived in Santa Fe after five and a half hours of confusing trailer haul. He is now at Terry Berg’s place and today his training started. I am training Rambo under Terry’s superb guidance and this will be an intense 30 day training to see what Rambo can learn. Today’s session was great – I am totally aware of the fact that I will be a different person after these 30 days! I will have learned so much! Thank you Terry for giving me this experience! But, don’t worry, I will be painting also!