Originally Posted by WildAcreFarms
your boy is really pretty. Do you know what bloodline he is from?
I don't know what his ancestry is because he doesn't have a brand, but I am told that his conformation would be right for a Belgian parent.
He came to us through a twisty route. He showed up in an auction last winter, had obviously been neglected for a while but not for an incredibly long while, had also obviously been a professional show jumper. I guess the vet can tell that from his muscles and joints, and my trainer says that even now when he lines up to take a short jump he approaches it like it is 5 feet tall.
We think maybe his rider died and left him to people who didn't know what they had, or that he got retired to the "good home" who wasn't able to maintain him. Even with his topline wasted off and his feet overgrown and an awesome winter coat he was clearly enough a very superior sort of horse that everyone did an intensive search of the stolen/missing horse ads for the last couple of years, because I guess this quality of animal doesn't usually show up in an auction.
I'm just grateful as heck! This guy is a MUCH better horse than I ever expected to have! Especially at this stage of my riding life! He listens so closely to my seat, I can think something like "let's ride a circle" and whatever tiny change I make in my body when I think that, I don't even notice what it is, but he does, and he heads right into the circle. And he learns things very fast! Yesterday, my lesson was practicing some walk-trot-halt transitions, and after three of them, he started halting himself (without waiting for my request) so we had to go do something else for a while.