First I just gotta say, I wonder what percentage of drafts out there are called John? Lol! Anyway, we got our John about a month ago and I've just been working him on the ground when it's warm enough. I've really had to do more work on myself, really; I've never been around a horse this big and I'm intimidated but getting better every day. It helps that he's such a sweetie. Anyway, I had the same issue as belgianlover, I couldn't find his forward cue. I figure that either he wasn't as broke as I was told, or maybe when they rode they always let him follow another horse? But he's picking it up pretty fast. We haven't been able to get out much because it's either freezing or muddy but hubby snapped some pictures the other day when we were out for a short spin:
I'm going to deck him out in flourescent green. I ordered a really nice bridle but the bit was too small, hence the green reins and blue halter, lol! The new bit came in later this week and maybe we'll get to try it out this weekend (of course, we're supposed to get another couple inches of sleet and snow today, ggrrrrrr). He looks a lot darker than a lot of Belgians I've seen. What do you think?
How beautiful is HE?! You two look very good together! And yeah, I, being from NE Ohio, feel your pain on the crappy snowy/freezing weather...woke up this morning and it was 17 degrees...my poor spring daffodils are starting to poke through the soil and they're in for a rude awakening! But HEY if they're poking through, that means spring is on the way!!! YAY! You'll have so much fun with him when the weather's nicer again! He looks good in blue and green by the way!
Thanks, guys! Dana, he just turned 6 on Valentine's Day and he'll be my trail guy. Although I dunno, I might try to find someone to teach us very basic dressage or something, that always looks so cool with a draft. :) And quite frankly, IN is too cold for my toes too, lol! Spring, Summer, and Fall make up for it, though.
Hoofprints, spring's definitely on it's way, my boys started shedding this past week :) I can't wait!!!
I'm glad you guys don't think I'm crazy on the neon green thing. I use blue on everyone else but John's easily the biggest horse in our county (I've never even seen a draft cross around here, much less a full) and I figured if we're going to get stared at we might as well go wild, lol!
Does anybody happen to be familliar with the Belgian stallion SCVF Charlie's Tomahawk? He's John's sire and I'd like to know more about him. Only thing I can come up with in a google search is some offspring at consignment auctions. John's name is 'Whistling Pine Valentine', so I'm guessing the 'whistling pine' might be the name of the farm he was bred at?