Bobbie is an absolute joy to work with at home – willing, relaxed and a complete darling. I can leave her for a couple of weeks without riding then jump back on without having to lunge or anything and she never gives me any trouble, not your typical OTTB! I have taken her out to the forest a couple of times to ride on the trails and WOW what a trooper – walk/trot/canter/erm…extended canter (!) and she doesn’t balk, spook or fuss at anything or at any speed! Also jumps anything and everything without hesitation, as long as she is leading the pack she is content. She could well make a beautiful eventer some day.
Take her to a show where there are trailers, horses and loudspeakers and she turns into a nervous wreck. I have had many OTTBs over the years but I have never seen a reaction like hers, it’s actually a little heartbreaking to watch, she becomes so scared that she trembles from head to toe, gets frozen in one spot and is prone to a two legged salute. If I can coax her to move, it is usually high speed and either sideways or backwards. From what I have learned from her track life, it doesn’t surprise me that she reacts this way the poor girl!
Every OTTB I have teaches me something new, Bobbie is teaching me to decipher between fear and insolence as she is prone to both ha ha.
Oops sorry for the novel!