Chinga, who Iíve had for around two years now is nine years old, 16.1 hh and his a Thoroughbred who use to race but he ended up getting ďbanned for lifeĒ as he bled three times on the race track, when I first got him like many race horses he needed a lot of work. Although we later discovered he was abused and when we purchased him he was drugged. So we basically spent the first year re-training him and getting the basics down. The second year, he has become amazing. His improved in leaps and bounds. His dressage, still needs a lot of work but his coming along nicely and getting the general idea of things. His jumping is what has improved the most Ė he is fearless. Currently Ė he is on a five week spell, he has two weeks before he returns.
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding/i-miss-him-76220/ - Refer to this thread about that.
I took him out to a cross country training day and jumped 2* fences on him. He did well and didnít refuse once. His show jumping has become so much better, he regularly picks the correct leads by himself and no longer rushes into fences.
Then there is the little four year old mare, who also is a Thoroughbred. She is a fair bit smaller then Chinga , sheís only 15hh. Her name is Jazzie, she knows a bit and is very calm and relaxed for her age. Yesterday, I took her to a show jumping training day. She rode so well, I discovered she likes to rush into fences a few strides before. But I also discovered how to ride her and soon she was cantering in nice and steady, without trying to rush at all. I jumped her the highest she has jumped, she did really well. Although she is blind in one eye and she did find one jump rather scary and she refused a few times but in the end she went over it confidently. Today I am planning on working her flatwork a bit, but keeping it small and basic as she struggles with her dressage and she also worked pretty hard yesterday. So she may be a bit tired. She's lovely to tack up and takes the bit well and she isnít bothered by the girth at all.