Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Thanks everyone for the input.
I will resume light saddle work soon - for those concerned, my babies are lightly ridden once weekly or less and for 20 or 30 minutes tops and primary goal is to build more on the flex and give exercises that I start on the ground rather than putting miles on them. After New Years I will lengthen his riding time to 30 or 60 min. and stay at once to twice weekly sessions, build on the foundation work I have done and start walking/trotting the pattern. Then, late summer or early fall, we will start exhibitioning at NBHA shows and see if we can get futurity ready for 2011. If by his fourth year he is showing that he will do well, but isn't ready for full out racing, I will hold off futurity shows until his fifth year. I should also know by late next year whether he has barrel racing potential, futurity potential or if he would excel at another field. If he continues his easy manageability, shows he can prove himself as a performance horse, and has matured evenly without any major faults, then I will leave him intact and promote him. If he fails miserably at proving himself he will be gelded.
At present - he is finally getting some decent hoof growth and should have his heels up within the next 3 months, been moved out of the awful, tiny paddock that he has been stuck in for 2 months at the previous facility (that is a major vent topic there), and is getting the appropriate amount of feed for a growing boy (another major vent topic). Bless my new BO for working with us to get things set to rights. She told me today that she can't get over how sweet and non-studly he is and can see his body condition improving.
Any other input is welcome!
My horses have done so well on dac that I became a rep. Stand behind 'em 110%.
Last edited by Barrelracer Up; 05-31-2009 at 12:34 AM.