In case anyone wanted an update, here it is. Cleave has gained 120lbs since we got him nearly 2 months ago. We competed in HIS FIRST EVER show in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma GO Show ("A" rated show)! He never refused, never shied, never expressed any poor behavior as far as on the ground, and in the ring conduct goes. Nothing could phase him except if I left, then he got nervous. Hahaha But we entered .85-.95m classes over the week, had a grand total of 3 rails (all my fault obviously) and ended up PLACING in the .95m Modified Ch/Ad class, taking 5th place in one of the rounds! He has never shown before in his life. We expected it to be more of us coaching him along, but he walked in there like showing was his entire life. Hahaha definitely made an impression around the GO Show that week, even if we weren't the best out there, it seems people know he's special. Since coming home we have brought him along, teaching him how to take in and extend his strides in lines, straightness, bending, off the haunches jumping, basic dressage work, fitness lunging, ground tricks such as bowing, combination jumps, liverpools, roll tops, gymnastics, and full fledged course correctness. He learns so fast, I feel blessed to have such an athletic and brilliant horse under me. Yes he's still very very green but he's trying his hardest and has his foundations down. So we decided to test him a bit. During one of my lessons a week ago we were jumping 3'6", then my trainer bumped the roll top oxer up to 3'9", then 3'11", then made it 3'0" wide, then while I wasnt looking she made it a WHOPPING 4'0" OXER WITH 3'3" SPREAD!!!!! I cantered down to it, and about half a stride out realized it was bigger and wider, gripped him with my legs from a good 4ft out, and he FLEW over that oxer without a second thought in his mind and was PERFECTLY controllable on the back side, minus a trip coming down from the canter to the trot... he tends to do that XD haha but I mean... I have never jumped an oxer of that size on any horse, and he made it seem like he had been doing it his whole life! We ended the lesson after that and he was spoiled rotten as usual. Hahahaha! In our time together I have also found that I am his security blanket.... If I leave, even for 5min to go clean my tack after a ride, and he can't see me, he will shimmy in the cross ties, pee, or simply freeze and stare in whichever direction I went, even if there are other people or horses around his eyes are always locked on the last place I was. Poor baby, if a horse could ever show they were grateful, he has in spades. No matter what I am doing he is always trying to lick me in any place he can, or he is always trying to play with me if we are in the pasture together, he even tries to defend me from dogs on the trails. Hahaha he is such a blessing! For his show name, I chose "Call Me Clever" because honestly that's what he is.
Im a blessed girl!!! I tried to post pics but it said they are too big! Ill try and figure it out and show yall!