02-21-2013, 04:50 PM
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Rowan sounds like good fun Anebel ;) Spighi is different again, he's now in full work - HARD work 5 days/week with one easy day of either hacking out or popping him over some low cavaletti in the jump arena (I'm still not gutsy enough to actually jump him - the spooks usually mean that we take out 3 or more poles that are a few feet to the left or right of the cavs!!
On the ground, he's like a docile old grandpa horse most of the time. Bring him in and he'll stand quietly and have a snooze - usually while resting his chin on the nearest convenient 'chin rest'. When mucking out his stable or yard with him in it, he will follow me around like a dog, and every time I bend over, he either grabs the back of my pants and wedgies me, or falls asleep with his head on my back.
Saddling he is sensitive, very tickly to brush but oddly enough loves being clipped.
Also very good to plait - if you can't get plaits finished within 10minutes- then we start to jiggle.
Under saddle though, we are quite the explosive little sod!
He has a very big opinion and is sure to let you know about it. For instance, another horse was being led out the other night while I was riding, and had to walk through some crunching leaves. The handler yelled out and told me she was coming, Spighi saw the horse and handler there, kept working, and the second it took a step forward, all hell broke loose. First we went flat out left, then flat out right, then backwards, then tried to bolt, then just humped and jumped on the spot, before finally coming to a halt - Spighi now being a quivering, heart pounding wreck.
The energy did come in handy though, the hind legs work when he's fired up! It's just a matter of controlling it, and it has taken me the last 9 months of riding him, to actually figure out how to control that.
People like to think that warmbloods are big and dopey but this is SO not the case. Spighi is more reactive than any of the young ottbs I have owned and ridden in the past, and I have had some 'interesting' ones.