Mi amigo Principe’, I call him Sr. Guapo! I bought Principe’ as trail horse to ride while in Costa Rica over 10 years ago. Principe’ is a “P.R.E.” (pura raza Espanol). He is 3/4 Andalusian and 1/4 Costarricense. His naturally graceful gait impressed me and he was well mannered on a 10 mile test ride. Having always wanted a polished horse I luckily came across trainer Roberto Marenco. He and I worked with Principe’ for 18 months until we moved back to Texas and shipped Principe’. Since then, me and Principe’ have both learned and taught much to each other. He is the smartest horse I have ever been around and is eager to understand what is asked of him (always and only in Spanish). We spend 3-5 miles per day, six days a week together. I would not miss this for the sanity he provides me in an insane world!
We are both getting older, “Sr. Guapo” will be 20 this year but still acts and looks like an accomplished 8 year old. His best trait may be the kindness of being “drunk broke”. Should I ever become off balance, he will ride under me instinctively. He has only had a saddle on him twice in the last several years and we both prefer it that way. Please note, the first half the video is a bareback pad with stirrups while the Spanish section is bareback pad only. This was the very first time he had ever seen a drone, riding him without stirrups and a drone in the air was an adrenaline rush! I had to back him into the area the next three days as “the boogeyman” might still have been there…
The picture at the very end is not a photograph, it is a hand painted pastel portrait given me as a birthday present from my wife Kathryn. Her work can be found at www.kathrynholter.com
A special thanks to Craig C. for another great job of filming/editing. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoy riding and being with mi amigo Principe’, otherwise known as “Sr. Guapo”!