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    04-22-2012, 06:25 PM
Successful HT!

Enzo was so perfect at our first HT! I couldn't be happier!
A little on Enzo's background...
The old owner got him off the track in October and he lived in a big field with a couple other OTTBs and some mellow QHs (he was being lunged walk/trot to stay in shape). In late November, he was started under saddle again (walk/trot). December he started cantering (didn't know his right lead though) January he was started over fences. January 21st, I bought him. February started him in some dressage work (not getting a whole lot, just trying to build a topline - and fixed the whole right lead canter issue - now his canter is lovely) and over some itty-bitty fences. March and April were basically the same, building up the dressage work and little bit bigger fences. And then he was ready for his first little show!

We went Intro at a local HT. His dressage wasn't great - spooking at the chain marking off the arena (therefore counterbent...), jigged the whole freewalk, and generally gave off the outward appearance of a camel. But, whatever. You have to start somewhere.

But boy did he surprise me as soon as we entered the SJ. Lightning fast little TB, tearing it up, locking onto every fence, trying some flying lead changes! This was his first time jumping away from home, first time over brightly colored fences with fillers, and he's never given me any sort of lead change before. So I was quite pleased.

And wow was the cross country a thrilling experience. He gave me this lovely hand-gallop for basically the entire thing, except when I asked him to come back to me for a canter or when I let him go for a little gallop. He took every fence like he's been doing this his entire life. I don't think I could have been happier
My dad was only able to get 2 decent pictures of our stadium (not the best with timing) but that's okay because I have the video.
DRHT SJ-1.jpg

DRHT SJ-6.jpg




Hopefully I'll get the video of our show jumping up tonight
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    04-22-2012, 06:32 PM
Looking good!

Subbing for video.
    04-22-2012, 10:46 PM
Just put the video up!
Here's the link
Our first Horse Trial! - YouTube
It's mostly the SJ with a tiny clip of the last two XC fences :)
    04-24-2012, 07:22 PM
He looks like he was having a lot of fun! Glad it went so well.
    04-29-2012, 09:59 AM
You guys look awesome! Great job :)
    04-29-2012, 10:09 AM
He did look like he was having fun! And so did you.

Congratulations on a great day!
    05-04-2012, 10:22 PM
Enzo has come a long way! So proud of both of you! He is becoming quite the little star! Keep up the work and maybe I will see you in the show ring!
    05-06-2012, 02:14 PM
Congrats! A successful show is always a wonderful experience! Doubly so if it's a young horse at their first show!
    05-15-2012, 09:52 PM
Awh what a good boy! How exciting for you both! Congrats!

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