MelonHead came into my life about 4 years ago. My stepdad brought home a rambounctious 23 year old buckskin arabian and an anxious Sorrel Quarter Pony. He had bought them from a friend who said they were good to go. My stepdad buys, "fixes" and then sells them out again. He had started letting me do more than just lounge them, so when he grabbed MelonHead out of the trailer, I instantly grabbed for the lead rope. He was amazing. Nice on the ground, a little ornery, but not obtrusive or rude. I had just started riding him when my stepdada and I took Blaze, the Arabian dun gelding, and Melon (for short) out for a ride. I don't know bout most people, but I like to go fast, so we let them loose, well, a 23yr old was no match for a 6 yr old. Melon quickly lost him and I pulled back on the reins. The sudden stop didn't land me on the ground, but the unexpected rearing after that.... did. When my stepdad caught up, I was just getting up and onto Melon. "Did you try to stop him?" He asked, holding back laughter. "Yeah!" I affirmed resentfully. "Did I tell you, he likes to rear when you pull back on the reins?" "No!"
So, I started working on this bad habit. I got him to STOP rearing when I'd whoa him or tell him to back up, but more-over, I taught him to rear on cue. He liked rearing so much, so I let there be acceptable times for it.
I think he was a trick horse in a past life.
How he changed my life was by telling me that it's not okay to live your life in fear of getting hurt. Before Melon, I was ground work training only, letting my almost 60 year old stepdad take on the saddle parts of training. I'm 18 and have been helping my stepdad since we started living on the farm (in 2001). Yes, I was seven/ eight when I found my love for horses. And 18 horses and 5 near death experiences later, I'm still loving them and going strong.
When it did finally come time for us to sell Melon, I sold him to a 10 year old little boy who absolutely LOVES him. Granted I cried about letting this special equine friend, go, I am happy he is making a little boy happy.
MelonHead lives with a tobiano paint horse named Show Down in Reno, barn name: Reno. They live on about 12 acres of nice pasture with a huge barn and a nice round pen. They belong the the Moore family, Dad: Matt, Mom: Elizabeth, Children: Jack and Nicholas.
Nicholas has a disease where his skin doesn't stick to his body, so he can't ride horses for very long, but he loves them... he is a new story all together.
...............So is Reno