More about Nada

Nada was by the stallion Maestoso II Almerina, out of the mare Nadine.

 

I bought Nada when I returned to riding horses after a 20 year hiatus. She was not, perhaps, the ideal horse she was not completely sound, and she had been a broodmare all her life. And not just any kind of broodmare: a very dominant mare. She was broken to saddle, but not extensively trained. We had a lot of work to do.

Nada and Beth

We spent our years on dressage and learning about partnership. The bond between a lipizzan horse and its human is a wondrous thing, but it wasn't enough to make everything easy. It took Nada a while to decide that dressage was fun, but once she did we had a blast.

 

She surely could move, even with arthritic hocks. I think she must have been pretty spectacular when she was young. She had an odd life - wild in the pastures at Tempel Farms till she was 8 years old, then a broodmare and occasional riding horse till she was 18, and then to me for her last years.

 

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