Compare and Contrast

I find myself quite lucky to not only have June’s half-sister at my barn, but also for the fact that she is Sarah’s horse. June and Rapid share a sire, Riverman, but they have two very different moms. Rapid’s mom was a Connemara/TB cross, whereas June’s is a QH. Rapid’s mom (who has sadly passed away), had a sibling who ran at the 2* level, whereas June doesn’t really have any eventers in her family tree on her mom’s side.

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June would like to interrupt this post to remind me of how cute she is

Sarah started Rapid as a baby as well. She took her time with her, and, at 7, Rapid is getting ready to go Training. (She qualified for AECs at Novice in her first three outings at the level!) At first though, I wasn’t sure I really liked Rapid. I mistook “baby” for “naughty.” I remember thinking how impatient she was when being groomed. She was always getting in trouble when tied up. And then there was the time she tried to jump out of Sarah’s trailer window, using the manger as a stepping stool. And then, on her first xc outing she pulled the “stop,drop, and roll” maneuver. You are cantering along, she stops, drops her shoulder, and you fall right off the front of her.

But, now, I laugh. Because OMG she sounds JUST like June. Does jumping out of trailers run in the family or something? And they both have quite the buck. Just saying. But where I have learned to appreciate Rapid, and hope that June will follow suit, is in her movement and jumping.

Rapid is scopey. And despite hovering around 15hh, she makes light work of any jump you put in front of her.

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Oh hey big table…

And while she moves differently than June, they both have a lovely trot. Rapid just has more of a powerful hind end… at least for now.

rapid trot

What was super fun for me was when I got a pic of both mares before we went on our trail ride last week.

I could compare and contrast all day, but really what I am struck by is how much more filled out Rapid looks than June! June looks like a 4 year old and Rapid looks like a muscled, fit, eventing pony! June will get there one day… I know!

I have been keeping my eye on Rapid, and letting it help me figure out June a little bit. I’m excited to see her future with Sarah, and I hope June has the talent her half-sister does!

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5 thoughts on “Compare and Contrast

  1. emma says:

    that’s definitely a huge advantage to have such a closely related horse around to compare with. esp in terms of seeing not only the potential of your girl, but also which behaviors are…. maybe just par for the course or totally easy to deal with even when they might initially catch you off guard. Rapid is really love tho – can’t wait to see how June develops!

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  2. I love doing these! I compared and contrasted Amber to her siblings a lot as well. To me it’s a lot of fun lol. It’s awesome that you have Rapid there to compare! She looks like a really cool mare. I think June will take after her in jumping! She’s such a cool baby pony, but seeing them together – they’re definitely so alike!

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  3. Tracy - The Printable Pony says:

    It’s so cool to have such a close connection to one of June’s siblings!!

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  4. L. Williams says:

    So cool your trainer is always well acquainted with Riverman progeny 🙂

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