I brought Jack home last week for a trial and my trainer loved him. That was a really good thing too because I didn't follow procedure and found him myself instead of letting them find the horse for me. (To be fair though, they don't know how to find a horse under 5 figures.) Even the barn owner is in love with him and her last horse cost about 75 grand.
Anyways, he's a 7 year old OTTB who last raced in October and had his retraining started by a wonderful women here in Wisconsin. He was having issues with tender heals and so he was very stabby in the trot when we got him home. We figured he needed shoes and we were right. He was shod on Tuesday and he is moving fantastically now. My trainer is elated. He does have a bone chip and needs some retraining but he is so going to be worth his weight in gold for me.
We had our first official lesson today on the flat and he did great. My trainer rode him first to show me how much better he looks with his new kicks and he was a little rough with his canter transitions. He was great for me though and we are planning on doing an over fences lesson later this week.
I'm so excited to start on this new project. I know it isn't going to be easy but the fact that everyone at the barn thinks he has so much potential really gives me a lot of hope that it will all be worth it. (I just hope I don't get bucked off this one as much as the last one.)