Equine proudly presents Florido du Plessis
Cedarglen Equine proudly
presents Florido du Plessis
French bred Lusitano Stallion.
16 hands, Homozygous black, Veiga Portuguese registered stallion.
By Eminente, Portuguese, bred, by Manuel Tavares Veiga
Out of Quesada, by Emir by Que Ba out of Tolierona
|I don't speak French! Not even Portuguese! A little
German and Spanish. Why a Portuguese Horse bred in France???
I did the Warmblood thing, National Awards, showing in
Florida, Embryo Transfer, broke 10 babies. Why do I want
a little Portuguese Bull Pony, only 16 hands high? Well
for one he's smart as a whip- learns what ever I can teach
him in a very short time. For another he's as brave as
lions- The first time we went for a trail ride, he politely
asked to chase (chase!?) about 100 geese into a pond,
honking and flapping, for fun!!! And Third he is gentle
and kind- I can put any one on him and he takes care of
them. No fussing or fooling around- babies to adult beginners,
he treats them all with respect. Remember this is a breeding
stallion! Oh, by the way he lives in a busy boarding barn
with Pony Clubbers, Over-Mounted Adult Ladies, and mares
with bad manners, mares that have never been around stallions,
and more mares. His behavior is Impeccable! Of course
being a Lusitano, he has fabulous lateral work, elegant
collection and fall off a log transitions. One expects
that in a breed where the prerequisites for the real job
are all the movements of Grand Prix Dressage. The real
job is subduing Portuguese fighting bulls in the ring.
The ultimate cutting contest if you will. But it's the
Mind that continues to blow me away. Trail ride today?
Okay, smell the roses, look at the birdies, loose rein.
Work on changes and pirouettes? Concentrate, try harder
and work for the praise. Gallops for fitness and stretch?
Dance on our toes with great anticipation to the back
field and then, always waiting for the signal, Go, I mean
"get outta town!" go, alone or in company, doesn't matter.
Then out to the breeding shed and suddenly my nice mellow
guy is all business- he knows his job! I don't know about
you but this is the horse I have always dreamed of owning;
beautiful smart, attentive, kind and full of presence.
If you want to breed your own, I offer fresh cooled or
frozen semen shipped to the US and Canada (I'll try for
other places), excellent motility and count and a live
|I think he has found a hobby. My beautiful Lusitano
stallion, Florido du Plessis, who's real job is dressage.
We tried polo- it's fun but tame, I should also say we
didn't get past the practice stage-chasing the ball and
such. He caught on in about 20 min and the rest of the
time was spent getting him used to all the different shots.
Cake, HoHum. But underneath lurks the soul of a bullfighter,
bred in the blood. You might check Youtube for bullfighting
on horseback to see what I mean. Then a friend suggested
team sorting. Cows? Cows! Worth a try. So we dug out the
western tack, hoisted ourselves into the trailer and trundled
down to the neighbors arena for a look. In one end of
an indoor were 10 steers (good sized 600lb Black Angus
), then 2 panels at both E and B to form little triangles
of safety for spectators, and mark the "Cow" end from
the "Horse" end. In the horse end were about 25(?) riders
and horses, mostly in western gear but a few dressage
saddles. All the steers have numbers glued to their backs
and the point of the game is to start with 3 for example,
and then progressively move 4, then 5 and so onto 9, then
0 thru 2, one at a time, into the horse end where there
is a water tank for the steers. The riders work in teams
of three and like most western games, the fastest team
to get all their cows into the "horse end", IN ORDER,
wins! We like going fast! Florido took to the game immediately,
by the end of the day he had learned to push the cow I
wanted, and true to his nature, hold and dazzle the ones
I didnšt want to get through. What I loved seeing was
his strong instinct to challenge and confront, but never
did I feel insecure, one time he even scooped me up when
I lost my balance. I keep offering new challenges and
he keeps trying to please and look good doing it I Love
this breed!! Cows courtesy of Merwin Krone, , www. BigMuddyRanch
.com, facilities courtesy Trophy Hill Sporthorses LLC
Photos by ShelleyPaulson.com