Like Betsy and Zoe said, with so many horses and only so much time in a day, one has to prioritize and it is the young horses and the sale horses who are allocated that time. Furthermore I fear the liability issues in having the guests handle him or having him out while they handle other horses. Hence *Benjamin has been in a field and with the only handling being routine care and the odd hug.
For those who aren't familiar with *Benjamin, he is a coming 11 year old stallion. I've had him since he was a weanling and except for the 18 months he lived with Betsy in Vermont, he has been with me. I handled him alot in the first 4 years from ground driving him like Donna does with Linus, to taking him to tailgate parties and eventually to riding him on the Manassas Battlefield Park. He was also used for breeding and produced a total of 13 foals from 2003 through 2008. He is the sire of Betsy's Cosette, and maternal grandsire to Donna's Linus. For those who attended the campout at Betsy's he is the sire of Heidi's lovely black gelding Dante. He returned to Canada with us in 2005 and except for a few trail rides in the few months that followed, he's been left to his own devices.
I've attached a picture of our very first ride. It was taken in Virginia in the fall of 2003. Hoping to update that picture to a 2011 version in the upcoming weeks.
Homefire Curly Horses
Stirling, Ontario, Canada