Meet Charles Koenig. He is a charming 15- year-old young man who is an active partici- pant in Mounted Eagles. Charles resides in Little Falls and has been coming to Mounted Eagles each Tuesday for about three years.
Charles has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, as it is commonly referred to. He has found that being around the horses at Mounted Eagles really calms him and helps him to keep focus on the task at hand. Charles not only rides horses, he also practices the art of long-lining or long reining as it is sometimes called. Long- lining requires the horse handler to walk behind the horse and drive them without the use of a cart or buggy. It takes great patience, con- centration and steady hands to properly signal the horse to go where you want them to go. Charles says that he prefers to long-line a horse because it allows him “to really see what the horse is doing.” He then “reads” the horse and adjusts his hands and body to signal the horse to do what is he is requesting of the horse. This summer Charles has been training Comet who is one of the newest horses in the Mounted Eagles program.
Charles considers himself to be a typical teenager who enjoys watch- ing science fiction movies and playing computer games “like any self- respecting teen.” Most recently, the Stargate Atlantis TV series has been in his DVD player. An avid reader, Charles reads lots of sci- ence fiction and also enjoys books on tape. He does excellent in school, especially in math and science, and is planning on an engi- neering career after he completes high school. For now though, he is focusing on keeping his mother calm while practicing his car driv- ing skills.
Charles is also a gifted singer and was asked to join a men’s quar- tet. Unfortunately, it conflicted with his time at Mounted Eagles so he had to turn down the offer. But he does continue to sing as part of the men’s choir at his church. You can also find Charles at his “Gramp’s” house riding mini bikes or out fishing for sunnies. Not only does Charles enjoy working with horses, he is often found play- ing with the barn cats at Mounted Eagles while waiting for his lesson to begin. At home, he is busy training his chocolate lab named “Hutch.” Charles is working on calming techniques with Hutch and hopes that giving his dog a bath will become less chal- lenging.
Charles, you are a remarkable young man and we are so proud of all that you have accomplished at Mounted Eagles. Congratulations on receiving Mounted Eagles Rider of the Quarter!