06-16-2011, 05:17 PM
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Update - Baby Not a Baby Anymore
I went out and rode my guy yesterday. He's been in training since March 1st and has 90 days on him. He's doing just great. As previously said by me, everybody at the ranch (bording facility) where he's being trained just loves him. When I go to visit, the other borders come up to me and ask, "Are you Pistols Mom?" And then they go on to gush about how much they love him. The jumping trainer, who I guess was pretty well known in Los Angeles, she came up this way to retire and then got back in to training, says every time she sees him "there's my horse!" When it's time to take him home, I'm going to have to go in under cover of darkness and get him.
So, back to riding him. He is just wonderful. Walks, trots, canters on command, leg yields, turns on the fore and honches, and is very soft and giving on the bit. No pulling or rooting like some young horses like to do. The trainer has also been taking him out on trail rides and he's like an old pro. Water crossings, bridges, and motorbikes no problem.
Since I sold my Arabian gelding and have some fun bucks that I had not counted on, I'm going to leave him for another 30 days. So, I will be picking him up on August 1st. My trainer says that he'll be ready for our big "show" of the year here (Labor Day Weekend), so we will be doing the green english classes and hunter hack over poles.
I have a friend who is going to go out with me next Wednesday (June 22nd) and she said that she would take some pictures. So, next Wednesday we will have an update and photos. Thanks for reading! It's so exciting when your baby gets under saddle.