So this is Zephy, he's a 14 year old breeding stock paint gelding, 15.2 and has come so farin the 7-8 years iv known/heaped with him.
When he first came into my life he was a mess, he was all bones and not a happy camper. He wasn't going to make the jumper/dressage horse I wanted and it worked out for my family friend to take him on and boy has it been a very great jurney watching them grow and progress together. Everything happens for a reason, this guy is the poster child for that!
Iv been off any on working with Zephyr and his mom for the entire time she has had him after moving on from me. Right now is a huge stepping stone in his training, about to really be over a hump in both their training together in a short time I can see it and feel it I'm so excited for these two!
***I DO have permission to put these photos up by the owner!!***
She and I have really started working together more and more over the last two months due to her not being able to trailer to her weekly lessons. Today was the last haul out lesson for a while tillage buys her new trailer. So her trainer who I'm close with agreed and really liked the thought of me going out as much as I can and working with them both.
This horse is very smart and LOVES to take advantage of his rider, test her and try every way out of working but once he is there, they are so great looking!
The rider/owner has gained so much confidance just this year in pushing him.
So right now they are wanting to eventually (next year or so?) move up to 1st level. (dressage) but really need to fine tune all the movements ingraining level, get more confidant together, stay more forward in front of her aids, stay straight and realx a lot more in all gaits.
Zephyr's confirmation doesn't scream dressage sadly, long weak back and thick upside down neck, something that they have really been working on but she is finding he has so many little tricks to fake being round and coming through from his hind end and now it's just getting the riders confidence up more to push him through all these tatics and not let him mess around, avaiding the work...
So what do you see, like and don't like on these photos. I can upload the videos if needed, two 3-5 minute videos of her lesson, all three gaits both ways.
These are the stills I got that felt he was straight and pushing from his hind end.