Martijn's Horse(s) Dec 20, 2014 22:57:21 GMT -8
Post by Martijn van der Berg on Dec 20, 2014 22:57:21 GMT -8
Registered Name: Ritske VDB
Barn Name: Ritske
Age: 12 years
Breed Registry: FHANA/FPS
Coat Color: Black
Stable Color: Black and Maroon (Saddle Pad and Blanket embroidery)
Height: 16.1 HH
Personality: Ritske is a very effective mount, doing what is asked for him efficiently. While his flair is still noticeable, moving gracefully even if he's just running across a pasture, it's a natural thing, and the gelding has no regard for what some might consider vanity. Really, though, he's a very spontaneous horse, and is always up for a hack through the woods, or a cart ride along roads. Nothing seems to phase this horse enough to spook him, and he can continue to plod on through most things. However, thunderstorms are another matter, and it is a source of constant worry for Tijn, as neither a stall nor a pasture are particularly safe for him. However, usually leaving Eir and Sybren with him will calm him down.
Caution Around: Him during thunderstorms.
Basic History: Ritske was born and raised on the Van der Berg farm. His original training was done by Martijn's father, although by the time he was two, he was in all but name Martijn's horse. That was about when Martijn had accompanied his father on a trip to Hollywood, their horses being used in a film. This, and seeing some of the tricks that other horses knew, inspired him to teach the gelding an assortment of tricks along with the driving and riding. He was originally not trained in proper dressage, but only the aspects that helped a horse in other work, but some work with him by a dressage trainer who held a clinic at the farm has brought him up to speed on the basics for the rest. Now he and Tijn must learn together.
Discipline: Dressage, driving (combined and for pleasure), assorted trick training
Owner: Martijn Van der Berg
Rider: Martijn Van der Berg