Okay a little background info. Molly is a 6yr old bay TB who was trained off the track by an ex-steeplechase jockey from England. She now retrains off-track TB's. She got Molly off the track after she had a slab fracture and surgery. She could no longer jump, so Jenni retrained her for dressage and pleasure riding. She resold her to someone who was to use her as a broodmare, but instead rode her terribly. She screwed her up by kicking her as hard as she could whenever Molly didn't do exactly what she wanted. Combined with bloodlines notorious for skittishness (Storm Cat), she turned into a nutcase especially when asked to canter: She resorted to her racetrack life and bolted every time she was cued for the canter. So she resold her to someone who was afraid of her and turned around and sold her again, this time to me. The second owner never told the third owner of the injury that prohibited her from jumping (her knees collapsed whenever she jumped) so of course she jumped her....over very small fences, but jumping still. When I bought her, she was to be my eventing prospect. I worked on her canter, but when I broke my collarbone, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Molly, perfectly collected and in frame at the canter! I immediately contacted the poster,verified Molly's markings, and she took her back for retraining until my collarbone healed. This person was Jenni, her off track owner and trainer. After 2 months of training with her, she's pretty controlled at the canter but still very sensitive to your leg. You just have to tilt your pelvis a certain way and she'll speed up or slow down.
So yesterday we brought our pony stallion down to her, traded him + cash for her eventer, and brought Molly and Excel, the eventer, home. The two of them have pretty much stuck together, and our other three have stayed all within a 20ft radius of each other, since they got here.
Now for the pictures! These were taken this morning. Molly is the 15.3/16hh bay TB, she darkens up to look completely black in winter and looks really light like this in summer. Excel is the chestnut, he's a hugggeee 16.2hh TB. Biggest horse I've ever owned hehe. He's still skinny for only being off the track for 4 months.
WOW, Excel has some long legs!! They are both absolutely gorgeous, and I had never been much of a TB person! Molly especially, she's got a beautiful face! Congrats and glad to hear you were able to track the trainer down!! :)
Here's some pics of me riding Excel today. Excuse my crappy position, I was focusing on getting him to listen to me and making him trot and canter when he just wanted to sit and eat grass haha! Ignore my horrible EQ, I just switched from Western to English a few months ago and have only had one formal English lesson.
^^Above, we're on the right. My sister's learning to ride on my calm gelding on the left....and holding onto the saddle horn URGHH! Lol