I adopted Yankee Dusty, He was quite the racer and he won over 800 thousand dollars from trotting. He was unsaddled for years and actually had only ever been ridden in a western saddle a few times, though he wasnt trained, he just was calm enough to sit on.
I got him now when he was 12. I've adopted him in april and have had him since. When I got him, he could only trot, unbalanecd, and couldnt canter to save his life. He was so emacciated and weak he could barely walk around himself
Since then he's gained weight, he's 16.3 and is bay. He's been doing so well. I've managed to get him to canter, even full circles. He's still very quick at the canter though. If I focus I can even get him to collect his trot, it takes a looot of work and we stilll have so far to go. Im training him to be a jumper, he can jump 3 ft at the trot so far. I havent jumped him in his canter yet since its too fast, but he's come so far in sooo little time, that im so excited about how much potential he has.
Retraining him was an incredible project, and considering he;s the first horse I've ever owned, I feel so proud knowing that working together we were able to come so far. He'll be showing in spring
I know what you mean about that jumping!!! My standardbred will overjump anything and everything. He turns 3ft into 3ft 6 and 2ft 9 into the SAME. He loves jumping, he jumps his water trough when ppl arent looking! Hahahahaha