So, this past Sunday, my BO and I went to another farm that my BO has a long relationship with. We brought home a gelding for me on trial. He's super skinny and needs a good trim, but he sure has been willing and sweet-natured! "Mr. No-Name" apparently had his first experience with jumping with me. Tuesday, we attempted to trot over cavaletti poles. He really didn't know what to do about those things on the ground! Once he walked over them once, though, he acted like he'd been trotting cavalettis all his life! By the end of my ride on Tuesday, we trotted over both a small X and a small vertical. I was so proud of him!
I've been told he's an off-track Thoroughbred, and the presence of a lip tattoo would seem to confirm that. My BO tells me this is probably why he has little ground manners, won't stand still to be mounted, and didn't know how to balance going up and down hills. That just means there's a potential project, right?
Fast forward to today... It's cold and super windy (20+ mph!) and this guy's still a cool cucumber. He doesn't even flick an ear at things flapping in the wind. We did lots of small circles while I groomed him. Eventually, he figured it's easier to just stand. We trotted over the cavalettis and a small X again, and he did beautifully. At the end of the lesson, my BO says, "want to canter a few jumps?" So off we go, three small jumps taken at the canter. He popped over all of them like he'd been doing it forever. Of course, we seriously cut the corner heading to the last jump, but perfection was not the goal today! I got the number for the vet from my BO so I can arrange a PPE. Assuming there's nothing seriously wrong, I'm going to get this guy (and think of a name!).
The skinny "Mr No-Name"