Ranos is sweetness and light until you try to ride him. As soon as he is tacked up he becomes as hard as iron and ignores any "requests" by any normal rider. "As stubborn as a mule" is frequently uttered by the TA residents. Yet when Alex gets on him, they form a union of eyebrow-raising proportions. They just work right. As focused and as precise about his dressage techniques as Chrysa is reckless and gung-ho about her jumping. Sometimes Alex wishes he could merge both of them into one amazingly talented eventer, but alas he will have to continue to compete on both in their individual spheres of excellence. Ranos likes to nom on people. Fair warning if you get close enough for him to drool on you.