For Lesson #97, I had the honor of riding Andromeda for the first time. “Dromie” is Kim’s (S version) horse. She is a Shire cross and she’s about as calm and sweet as they come.
Kim says Dromie is around 25, which in Karin Years is 18. That conversion isn’t as complex as it seems.
Dromie hangs out in the geriatric pasture with her buddy Rami and away from the obnoxious younger horses. Well… I think that’s how they would put it.
My nickname for Dromie is Krystal. Because I’m sure I’ve called her that several times now. In fact, I didn’t realize she was here until I saw both Krystal and Dromie standing next to each other in the same paddock. With all the science fiction I’ve read, you can imagine what that was like for me.
I know that the horsepeople who see both horses everyday will think my confusion isn’t warranted and can point to a long list of details that distinguish the two. It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention.
Ah, there’s the rub. To me, they are both black horses, thus identical.
And in my defense:
Of course, all of this is neither nor there. The most important thing is that Dromie was a pleasure to ride. She moved when I wanted her to move and she stopped when I wanted her to stop. End of story.
Kim gave me a crop just in case, but I didn’t need it. I did enjoy carrying it around under my arm like a Prussian Hussar.
Kim said that the only thing Dromie is afraid of is a tractor. That’s good, because I need a horse that isn’t easily rattled.
I don’t mean to be paranoid, but I couldn’t help but notice that Karin just happened to be using the tractor when Kim told me I would be riding Dromie. I know Karin likes to give me a challenge sometimes.
But we out waited Karin and she eventually gave up and put the Green Monster away.
Dromie had been hit by a tractor one time and Kim showed me the mark. There is a reason for everything.
She also said that the horse is missing some teeth in front, but gets along pretty well without them.
I was able to apply her bit & bridle after only two tries. She’s kinda tall. After, the second try, Kim informed me that Dromie was “missing an ear.” And I shook my head thinking, man this horse has been through too much!
But this time it was my fault. And temporary.
Nothing for the poor thing to do but stand there and wait for me to figure out that a correction was both needed and easily done.
I really like this horse. I hope I can ride her again next time.