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DALTON, KING of the babies!

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 | Filed under Annie, Dalton

As you know, Dalton is in training with Gillian Larson.  And, now Annie is with Gillian, too!  Dalton and Annie are side by side in their respective paddocks.

Annie and Dalton. The Bigun and the Littleun

Today, my friend Shelly and I went to see both Dalton and Annie.  It was a great day… especially watching the babies interact with both Dalton and Annie.

You see, Gillian has 3 long yearling Morgan fillies.  They are adorable (you know I love Morgans)!  All they do all day is act like baby horses… they run up the hills, learn about terrains, roll, bite each other and ask humans for love.

Uncle Dalton gets turned out with the fillies every day after he has his lessons.  This works out perfectly because Dalton can run with the girls on the upper 30+ acres (and he is still bigger than they are – for a while anyway).  They run up hills and canyons… frolic and play!  This kind of activity is perfect for a silly gelding like Dalton!

Inside the babies’ feeding pen is a very large round pen.  This is where Gillian trains when she needs an arena.  Today, we brought both Dalton and Annie to the arena.


Dalton is turned loose with the babies and is watching them greet Annie who is being led by Gillian towards the round pen.

Annie has a proper introduction to the babies from the round pen.

This was just after a huge squealing session…

This is Shelly… The babies were mobbing her, pulling on her boots, shirt, pants, hat… She loved it!!

Dalton cannot believe that these babies get away with such behavior!! We watched Dalton go through his paces (I forgot to take pics!) and he is going very nicely! Once he is ready, we are going to train him bitless because we think he will like that better.


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I visited Dalton yesterday!

Dalton is in training with Thru-Rider, Gillian Larson.  You can visit her website here and  Instagram here.


Dalton is doing very well in training!  He is up to 5 hours on his trail rides!   He has spent most of his training time learning how to navigate the trailriding world and balance with a rider.  Now that he is a semi-pro and the riding part… he is now learning stamina and trails.

Gillian’s place is 1.5 hours from my house, but the drive is beautiful and my favorite fruit stand is on the way – bonus!

When I arrived, Dalton was nose fighting through the fence with his neighbor.  Of course.

Most of my photos didn’t turn out very well because once he saw me, Dalton was in my face, literally.  I had such a tough time holding my camera and pushing the button while simultaneously pushing his nose out of my hair.

Not complaining.

Having a horse love on you is one of the best feelings – ever.

We hung out.  I scratched him profusely.  We met his neighbor and squealing ensued.   We took a walk and met some of his new friends.  We dunked for watermelon and we read together.  Well, I read, he listened while munching on hay.

It was a great visit.


My boy.

He has a new neighbor, Cricket. This is one of Gillian’s trail horses. She is keen on Dalton. A lot of squealing happened when I arrived and took his attention. (The big brown thing on the left is Dalton’s nose.)

Right across the way are 3 resident mustangs who are also being trained for through riding by one of Gilllian’s Thru-Riding friends. (Thru-riding is not endurance riding.)

Dalton is helping me read and also checking my pockets.

I guess storytime was over because he took my jacket and upturned my chair when I left to speak to Gillian.

So we went for a walk… and met Gillian’s trail mule. she is very pretty.

After our jaunt, we played a bit more.

Then we played “Bobbing for watermelon”.

As the visit came to a close, we walked Dalton up to his usual turnout which is several acres with the 3 long yearling fillies. He loves them!

My kiss goodbye.


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