I work in animal welfare. I can tell you that 90% of people are looking for a unicorn when they come to adopt a dog. “Do you have a young, well-trained, non shedding, no bark, great with kids, dogs, cats, men, women dog that I will have to put no training into and will be perfect 100% of the time?”
No. No we do not. Ok, maybe we DID but someone adopted that dog super fast.
They want a unicorn. Unicorns are very rare, don’t people know that?
This past week my family came to visit me and my brother-in-law asked if he could go riding. Having any family member show any interest in my equestrian activities is a major win, so I immediately began figuring out how we could go for a ride.
I knew he could ride Georgie, secured Rapid for myself and planned our outing. In retrospect I did two things wrong. 1) I didn’t account for how windy it would be, and still decided to go for a hack around the property and 2) brought Siri and her crazy husky friend with us.
My brother in law hadn’t ridden in a very, very long time, but I knew I could trust Georgie. We headed out to enjoy the ride. Rapid was over it pretty quickly. Between the wind blowing up her butt and the dogs wrestling next to her, she was ready to blow. It’s fun trying to help someone ride when the horse you’re riding feels like she wants to throw you into next week.
At one point, dogs came flying up behind us and Rapid lost it. She bolted forward, gave a kick and came running up behind Georgie. Georgie responded by trotting quickly for two steps, realized her rider was put out of balance, and stopped.
She’s a unicorn guys.
I can say I helped make her a unicorn with all the training and getting her out and about, but really, she was always a unicorn. The most tolerant and safe horse I have ever met. That brain. If I could only clone that brain.
I hand walked Rapid back to the barn so I could keep an eye on dogs and Georgie, but Georgie was unfazed by the craziness around her. We got back, I threw dogs in car, and had brother in law ride in the round pen. A FAR better idea. He got to work on his rising trot and not surprisingly, Georgie was cool with him being out of rhythm trying to figure it all out.
As fun as it was to ride with my brother in law, I realize how lucky I am to have a horse like Georgie around for him to ride. I also realized that time and time again I ask things of her that I couldn’t ask of most horses.
So, apparently unicorns do exist. I won’t let potential dog adopters know though….