This was going to be a three-part story but due to a
Sunday was brilliant though. My parental units and The Boy came out to oogle the property since I obviously bragged about it A LOT, and take pictures. Because pictures are everything. The Boy wins all the awards. Prepare yourselves for a deluge of Bacardi spam. Do not make fun of him for his uneven clip *crying laughing emoji*
Bacardi blew me away this weekend. Trailering, being in a new place, pasture boarded alone, awkwardly high temperatures, being ridden more than usual...all pretty high stressful things.
He reacted like you would expect any mildly seasoned show horse; excited but not fractious. Settled into his job like he had been there done that. I was expecting a fire breathing dragon that would only be controlled with nose chains and basically be unrideable, but he sure showed me.
|Stretch like pro|
Warm-up was great. We were in the indoor with TWO other horse and a barn tour was being given. Oh and I should mention the other two horses were ridden by teenagers, aka dont know how to share arenas, and were jumping. He literally did not give a fuck. I almost fell out of my saddle. The other part of my brain was like, OK, when is the explosion happening.
But it never came.
It was about a thousand degrees in the indoor, so we migrated outside and he handled the scenery change without fuss. I was REALLY surprised he didnt have a conniption leaving his 'friends' in the indoor.
|Yep. None given.|
|Very up, many energies.|
|Hocks. Knees. Back. SO ROUND.|
I think my caption on insta of this pic was "is this horse really five?" An OTTB at that, five years old, has moments like this one of self carriage, complete connected energy from back to front and is 98% working correctly. I wouldn't have believed you if you had told me when I first brought him home that 6 months later we would have this kind of progress. This guy shows up to WORK. Every damn time.
OK, I'm over that now.
His canter work still needs some work but the transitions are coming along nicely and we mostly stay balanced through them all. I'm wondering if all OTTBs have basically flawless canters, because Yankee's was and continues to be his best. Same with B.
|Looking like an adult|
In these, he's doing well not falling forward and maintaining upward energy. Still needs some strength, but major improvements. I noticed the left lead is worse. Odd, considering thats usually the opposite for OTTBs.
Classic B. Broekn at the 3rd and a little on the forehand. When riding at first it feels amazing because his natural gait is so wonderful, but really, hes curling behind to avoid working properly. Naughty naughty. As you can see in the photo, I raise my hands a little in coordination with inside hand half halts, deep seat, and inside leg for energy...
|Schooling seat is bad. Eq horrible. Look away.|
Overall the red nugget was an angel and more than reached my expectations- he blew them away with the force of mild hurricane.
|Prolly the most active hind leg stretchy trot ever|
Plus side on him refusing to get OFF once he's on is you can load by yourself and not worry about him backing off before you can get the rear door closed. Yay?
But yeah getting off is another battle royale on its own.