Okay, so after a bit of a disaster with a sore mare I nearly purchased, I've found, tried out and bought a new horse. I managed to wrangle my friend into taking some photos of my first jumping lesson (it's been a week since I got Jet, and this is the first time we've jumped - mind you he was in work when I bought him). Feel free to rip up both me and Jet, as I'm always looking to hear how I can improve. We did have one oops when he knocked the first rail on the barrels and kinda just went splat on top of them, but he wasn't too bad about it and he went back round for another go after a few snorts and OMGWHAT'STHATs.
Approx. 5-6yo 16hh dapple grey gelding. His brands are very hard to read because of his colour and being clipped (it's a standing argument - I see 13 at the top, but my friend sees 30 and my instructor can't see any of it), but he is definitely a thoroughbred. His owner called him Jet, as she was also unable to identify his brand and he's too old to be chipped.
But he's just adorable. He just has such a pleasant expression, and he's pretty sensitive - it took a little while for me to consciously be lighter with my legs. Jet here will be a challenge, but I'm going to give it a good try - and I'll have my instructor to help me too. Fingers crossed.
Okay, the gear all came with him except the bit. I swapped out the Dr. Bristol he had for a jointed full cheek, because I plain don't like their palate crunching action, but he's got a nice mouth and wasn't strong with the snaffle so I think I'll see how he goes for a while. Anyway, on to the photos. They are pretty big, which is why they're all linked, and a few might be a bit dark on some screens. Sorry. =D
Ohsnap, he's a cribber. Good thing all the yards are metal and the fences have pigtails, eh? =D