My daughter, Kelly has been riding my just 5 yr. Old 3/4 draft gelding, Cody in Pony Club lessons and yesterday they did his first canter under saddle both directions and he was great! A little fast and he had an anxious look on his face like "What am I supposed to do???" but they did great. I was too excited to take pictures of that, but then they did a little intro jumping and he did fine, trying to figure out where he was supposed to go, where to put his feet, etc. I was thrilled because usually we lunge him but we were in a hurry and didn't have time before her lesson and he was totally fine, only one little head shake after he conked a pole. They compete in a dressage rally this Sunday so today he gets spiffed up. Spring has sprung here in SoCal and he's getting so shiny!
Thanks! I'm going to have her practice her test mentally tonight. Hoping he is his usual great self and doesn't get freaked out by the new place and all the other horses.
Welshy-he's a PMU colt, we know he's percheron/paint and then we're guessing TB and clyde based on a picture of him with his mother.
I'm like the proud momma, bursting with pride at both of my babies :)
We washed him really thoroughly today, trimmed his mane/tail, etc. and he looks really spiffy. My daughter was complaining that she was washing the equivalent of 2 horses! I had to do his sheath as they even check that at the formal inspection. Went out early and put some KY jelly up there and later when I was scrubbing with a washcloth and warm water, he was thoroughly enjoying it! I was totally expecting the Girl Scout troop to come walking up my driveway while I had my hand shoved up there!!
They did very well, not just riding their dressage tests but considering he was pulled out of the pasture at 3 am, hauled for 2 hrs., pulled out of the trailer and a large, strange, busy ranch, lunged by a stranger, etc. he was so calm and well-behaved!! I'm so proud of both of them. Kelly wasn't really happy about their tests because he was looking around, spooked a little at the judge's canopy and whinnied a couple times but I figure they did well because he walked, trotted, turned, halted when asked, didn't step over the low railing, didn't buck so for his first time out, it was a good effort :)