Canter & Candor

Canter and Candor; an honest account of an amateur equestrian and her life with an OTTB

The $900 Facebook Pony Blog Hop: The Little Things



With some behavioral snafus over the past couple weeks, Amanda at the $900 Facebook Pony’s blog hop is timed perfectly. No matter how spooky or naughty C gets, there are always little things I love about him.


soggy booger 

Question: “What are the “little things” about your horse that you’re so fond of?

The first that comes to mind is a bit of an odd one. C likes to stretch when I’m walking him out to pasture or in, or just in hand in general. He’ll drop his head so far that his nose is dragging on the ground, shoveling through whatever happens to be there, and he occasionally kicks himself on the chin and then looks up in shock, wondering what hit him. It’s adorable.

Another little quirk is how much he likes having his sweaty behind-the-ears spot scratched after rides. He’ll lean into it and grunt, and if you stop, move his head up and down to simulate it.

I love how much he loves jumping, because I love jumping, and I love his silly excited bucks when we’ve had a really good jump and he just needs to celebrate! I love the occasional flying lead changes he throws in, just to pleasantly surprise me sometimes and remind me how super awesomely talented he is.

cori buck gif.gif


Playing peek-a-boo at the barn is fun too, even though I know he’s only cookie-hunting. It’s still cute!


THERE you are! now, where’s my cookie?

On a more serious note, the change in my riding has been incredible since I’ve owned C. He makes me a better equestrian, in the saddle and out, every time I sit on or handle him. Owning a green horse has been one of the most simultaneously challenging and rewarding thing I’ve taken on, and that’s one of the things I appreciate most about him.

So basically, I love him because he makes me happier than I’ve ever been!


smiling and pretending I didn’t just spend $400 on horsey items… shhh

— M


8 thoughts on “The $900 Facebook Pony Blog Hop: The Little Things

    • XC boots, open front boots, bell boots, longe equipment, and a show coat!! The FITS Zephyr II was highly recommended and is/was for huuuge sale on Tack of the Day… I couldn’t resist!


  1. Aw he looks so fun to ride!


  2. Awww, what a cute little Cori monster!

    In that gif does he change in front and then make a huge deal about changing behind and NOT change behind? I can’t quite catch it.


    • I think there’s actually two semi-lead changes (none in hind) packed into one big “wheeeeeeee!” moment, LOL! You can see he lands on the correct lead, then goes through a little speed burst and does what appears to be a, ehm, modified half-tempi in the front. I’ve watched the video a thousand times and I can’t figure it out either!


  3. What a sweetheart! Love that peek-a-boo pic 🙂

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  4. Silly C, with that OTTB spunk. He’s pretty cute.



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