I'm part bragging, part squeeing over how impossibly lucky I got with this little girl. Quick Gracie introduction, she's a 3 year old QH, I've had her since she was 7 months. Started riding her this summer and she is taking things in leaps and bounds, we are progressing so fast!
I've never been on a horse so in tune to me. Shift your weight and she will move over. Touch the reins and she responds like that. Ask her to ease up and slow down and she does instantly. I can check her easier than I can check my mare that has APHA points up the wazoo and years of training.
We rode in the rain and mud today and she just plowed through it all without a second thought. Her gaits are so lovely and smooth, her canter is so uphill and light. She always picks up the correct lead, and she's so balanced! I just... wow. I can't get over how incredible she is.
The plan is to stick with fine-tuning everything, teach her how to neck rein, and all-around put a few miles on her this next month or so and then I'm putting her up this winter and giving her a break. I'll pull her out again next summer when she's 4 and give her a refresher course before working with her on more demanding things that I'm not comfortable doing on a 3 year old.
Quick question before I saunter off to brag/squee to anyone else I can find. As a 4 year old, would it be reasonably safe to assume she is physically ready for such things as learning rollbacks and lead changes? Mentally, she's there now, but I'm too paranoid to push her too hard. I want a sound 25 year old. =P
Anyways, because a post is really never any good without pictures, here's Gracie and I after our marvelous ride this morning.
The pretty little one. [Just a note, she did have her feet done after this picture was taken.]
Stretching. She can darn near reach her tail!