I know I have been MIA for a while but I have been a busy person. In February I decided to sell my TB mare Candi and find a horse more suited for what I wanted to do. Candi went to a wonderful new home and is doing very well and enjoying her new life.
Out in the pasture at the ranch where I board my other horse "Tiny" (retired TB) were two horses owned by a woman who at the time wasnt doing much with either horse. This was in March. I asked her if I could work with one of them and she agreed. I promptly moved him in from pasture and sort of 1/2 leased him. I just paid for the difference of board from pasture to paddock.
The horse is a 6 yr old bay gelding who was rideen lightly in the past but had absolutley no ground manners. He was pushy and kicky and picking up his feet was a process to get through.
I quickly learned this horse was a "quick study" he picked up on everything and was happy to be handled. I got him going undersaddle and while he was green to any kind of direction and aids, he was kind and not explossive. He was eager to learn.
We were in our first show together at Training level in July. We did well with scores in the low 60's. The judge was a tough score for everyone but the second day we did better.
Just before our second show Aug 13-14th I had him vetted and he passed. So I paid for him and he is now mine! I am so excited about him. He is a super star with a loving kind heart and always eager to learn whatever it is you want to show him.
Over the past 5 months I have been taking dressage lessons with a trainer at my barn. Sometimes when I am at work I have her school him. We have both been grown in leaps and bounds! There is one more show (a small 1 star show) in October and our plan is to show T 2-3 and in April next year we will do 1st level. I am super excited!
I never thought I would have a Lusitano/Hanovarian cross.
I always wanted a warmblood! I still do but I have to say I am quite impressed with the Lusitano breed. Zulu is registered with the IALHA and his sire comes from the well known Lusitano farm in Brazil. Interagro Lusitano Farm.
Anyhow.....that is my story with Zulu. Here are some pictures of my new horse.
The last picture is what he looked like about 3 weeks out of the pasture. That was in April 2011.
I am going to add a few more pics from a few months ago.