Achilles was born on the farm where I live very near to my human’s birthday the year I came to live here. His dam is Tessa a mixed-breed horse who is a real black beauty with a white star. His sire is a HUGE American Warmblood stallion known who is also the sire of Athena, Rocko and Aiden. Their sire’s dam, Song, also lives at the farm where I live. American Warmblood’s names start with the same letter as their sire. Rocko’s full name is Alacazam’s Rockin Whiz, so his too is an A name.
Achilles started out being a dark almost black color like his dam but then became almost a grey color before becoming once again a dark color like his dam. He has one blue eye that most likely came from Tessa’s lines, but neither his dam or sire have any blue eyes. He also has lots of “chrome” or white markings on his body. Achilles got his sire and damsire’s height as he is one big boy.
But, as is often the case, he is a gentle giant. Achilles is rather like a big puppy dog to horse and human alike. Thankfully, he does understand horse behavior, so he might follow you around, but he won’t get in your face. With humans, he is very easy going, which is good I hear because he is so big. Like any of us, he can have his moments where he doesn’t want to do something a human is asking and might get a little naughty, but still he is one of the best of us in getting along.
He is in training under saddle and great things are expected of him. I could really see him doing well in the dressage ring, as he’s so flashy the judges are sure to have their eye on him. It remains to be seen if he will take to the dressage ring or jumping or eventing or maybe something completely different. One thing is for certain though, Achilles has no weaknesses and is a fantastic horse who will go the extra mile to please.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Achilles. He’s one of the buddies I hang with during the “non-hay” months of the year in the big field. You can see more pictures of him at my Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/blueblueseaottb) in the other horses folder.