Zach

Zach

Zach
Photo: Tracy Eilers
Zach came to me for training in 2012 as a conflicted stallion. Locked in a stall with no direction, Zach wanted to be good, but hormones got the best of him. When Zach’s then owner realized she needed help, a mutual friend of ours told her about me. So the journey began with me going over to where Zach was stabled a few times per week to train.

At first, Zach didn’t know how to walk. He jigged every where. I started with the French Classical in hand work, teaching Zach how to accept the bit, suppleness from side to side, and how to walk calmly. After many months of teaching Zach how to walk and accept contact without tension, his owner asked if he could come stay at my facility. I said yes, however, I had one demand: he must be gelded. I knew once Zach didn’t have the hormones to deal with he would be a completely different horse for the better.

I was correct in my assessment and he then could go out with other horses and have a life. After many more months of in hand work, Zach was ready for under saddle work. It took a long while to get him to were he felt comfortable and relaxed with a rider on his back. After three years, his owner decided that it would be in Zach’s best interest if I was to have him. So, even though hard, she gave him to me. I feel blessed to have such gift. Zach now gives walk trot lessons and I use him for Working Equitation.