Okay thought I would start a member journal for Oliver.
So I don't have to keep going over things, here is a brief bio about him.
Oliver 2006, 15.2 hand Trakehner/TB cross. He is a stunning seal bay with very little white. In the winter he looks black.
I got Oliver August 2nd 2011. Best desision I have made in a horse buy!
Oliver was a pasture accident, and as of last march he had not been handled unless mandatory, he was a pasture pet with hidden potential! Everything is new to him and you wouldn't think he is so green because he takes everything in as if he's been there done it before, "let me show you how it's done" attitude. He is so gentle and not. Mean bone in his body!
Oliver was almost ruined before I got him, his owner before me had him for about 3 1/2 months before I met him and was given him. The trainer who started him (and his daddy) did a great job, this is why he is so well minded. She put a good solid 90 days on him and posted him for sale, he had shown amazing scope and a love for jumping, with little fear! He was soft to the ids and forward. So this gal bought him from the trainer for a lot of money. (I would not pay this much for a green young horse with such little experience) but she did, lucky trainer, not so lucky Oliver (mark was his name at that time) Anyways, the gal had promised to keep him in full training after she purchesed him (clean legs in X-rays, and flexed a 0 in all legs)
She did not keep to her word, even after the trainer and many people at the barn tried and tried to get her to keep up his training with this amazing trainer! She took him home, had her amateur friends get on and work with him for his training....this resulted in him bucking 3 people of multiple times each, and eventually broke the last riders arm cause the rider pulled him over on top of him. They did vet checks again, pain tests, chiro was out, farrier was out, nothing was physically wrong with this guy, so they deemed him a psyco crazy horse and threw him out to pasture for five weeks or more with little handling.
I came along, tried him out, just ground work and lunging the first time, then had a trainer I know come out and ride him the second time. He tested her, but I don't blame him last three months if his life he had been ridden by people who don't understand a young green sensitive horse....the trainer I took out, worked him out of his tiny bucks and what not, she looked at me and said I know you are a pataint, calm, quiet rider who has a great seat...I think he'd be great for you....as long as he is in training.
So that week he was later dropped off and I was the proud new owner of "the devil horse"
I have since hooked up with a trainer who was not the one who came out and rode him, as we had slightly different ideas of what needed to be addressed first in his training.
I have now owned Oliver for almost 3 months, not a single buck out of him under saddle or on the lunge. He does not kick, bite, paw...just great over all.
So fallow along to see how our training is going :) My plan for him is to become my shown horse in dressage and jumping, maybe try out some eventing. Right now we take it day by day and loving every moment of it!
Thanks! Sam and Oliver Twist!