Raffona is a 10 year old Grey Arabian mare. Her sire was Khabernet, son of the world famous Khemosabi
She was born at the facility where we were boarding at the time so we got to see her in her first days and for a few months after. After we moved to a new facility, I did not see her again for a couple years, until a trainer I knew began her saddle training. I was the able to watch some of this initial training and what I noticed most about the mare was her beautiful, soft movement. Her walk, trot and canter were all just so lovely.
When she was 4, the folks who bred her decided they were going to focus on quarter horses instead of Arabians and called on me to post an ad for Roffona in hopes of finding her a new home. During the process of putting the webpage together I got to spend a little more time with her and found her to be just a sweetheart. She has always been very loving and people oriented. I even spoke with my wife about buying her ourselves, but before we decided, she was purchased by someone else. So we said “Ah well, I guess it was just not meant to be.”
A few days later who do you guess showed up at, the facility we were then using ? Yep, Fona and her new owner Lin Robbins. I congratulated Lin on her wise purchase, told her if she needed any help to let me know.
It turned out this was Lin’s first horse and though she was taking ridding lessons, she was still a green rider on a green horse, so issues were bound to come up and I began working with Lin and Fona from time to time.
When Lin and her husband bought horse property of their own, they invited Nancy and I to board our horses there and continue to work with the Robbins and Fona.
Over the years Lin has become a very good horse owner and rider. Fona has wanted for nothing and has turned into one of my favorite horses ever. In return her affection for me borders on being just a little too much. ;>
We have carefully worked with her to keep her responsiveness and energy at the right level for Lin’s current riding ability and I am happy to say that today this level is actually quite high.
Raffona is a excellent general riding horse, soft, supple and gentle. I use her as an intermediate to advanced lesson horse because she is just a little too responsive for most beginners, but do sometime put new riders on her if I think they are naturally quiet.
We have just recently began her training as a Mounted Archery horse and she is taking to this as naturally as one would expect from a daughter of a several millenia of warhorse breeding.
I will post comments on her progress here from time to time.