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post #1 of 22 Old 07-02-2016, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Our New Horse Update: a few months later

Hi all, some of you who've been around probably remember me posting my PSA about sticking with a trainer when you buy your first horse.

I was going to revive that post, but rather than doing so and having people respond to my original post rather than my update, I started a new post.

I just wanted to update y'all now that we've had Gatsby for a few months. Things are going GREAT. So much better than I ever would've guessed in just a few months. We've been working so hard on transitions, not so much walk/trot but walk/canter, trot/canter, and the reverse. Today in my lesson, we did several of each, and he did SO well, picking up the gait I requested within one stride, even walk to canter. Even the right lead, which he hates.

He was in training (ridden several days a week by our professional trainer or her assistant) for all of April and May. In June, we decided to try taking him out of training, as I'm off for the summer and would be able to ride him more. I don't think I will need to put him back into training unless my son needs things fine-tuned for jumping down the road or something else unforeseen happens. I've become an okay-enough rider that with the help of weekly lessons, I can work on things with him. I won't be dropping the lessons anytime soon though! They help sooooooo much.

As I said in my original post, without the support of our trainer, this horse purchase would have been a disaster. However, with her guidance, he's really the perfect horse for us and we love him so much. He's such a beautiful, athletic horse with a kind temperament. Honestly he's probably being wasted on us...he could do so much more. But he doesn't mind. :)

At the end of May, we even took him to an open show nearby and my son did a few walk-trot classes. It was Gatsby's first show, and we had no idea how he'd react, but he was so calm and ho-hum the whole time, even in a busy arena.

Here he is before the walk-trot class. You can see how bored he is with the whole show.

I have no idea what my son is doing in this first pic; I promise he has better eq than that. But it's cute of our horse.

I love this pic of them outside warming up for the show because it shows how cute his little face is.

Another show pic:

For my son's birthday he got an ear net/fly net/whatever that thing is called. Totally unnecessary and just for fashion but he looks freakin' cute

And here's a candid shot at the barn, where you can see what a cuddle little (big) horse he is.

We still have a lot of things to work on, but isn't that always the case? That's why riding is fun for me. We need to work on his topline and head carriage and probably a million other things that I don't even know enough to realize yet. But, I will really enjoy working on things with him in my lessons and when I do practice rides in between.

If you're still reading, thanks for tagging along on such a long windy post. Now, post an update about your new horse, if you have one! :)
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-02-2016, 05:29 PM
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They look like an amazing team! Gatsby is adorable with that white snip on his nose, and your son looks cool and confident up there. Glad to hear things are going so well for all of you.
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-02-2016, 09:32 PM
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Awww. They make a nice looking pair.
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-02-2016, 09:46 PM
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So glad it's going well! I think Gatsby is go stinkin' cute! I could probably be suckered into buying any horse with a snip on it's nose. It just makes them so adorable!
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-02-2016, 11:46 PM
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Great pictures of them together, Jan, they're both handsome men!

As far as the one picture, there's more than one shot of me recorded for prosperity in which I think WTH was I doing! I guarantee the second you make an odd move the camera clicks at that exact same second. LOL

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-03-2016, 03:17 AM
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lovely horse, handsome and proud young man.

jan's son and Gatsby.jpg

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post #7 of 22 Old 07-03-2016, 07:29 AM
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Wow, are they adorable or what?
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-03-2016, 08:18 AM
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What a great team! Can't wait for more updates in the future!
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That cropped photo is fantastic! They are so darling!
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-04-2016, 10:37 AM
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Fun...and learning and growing...is what it's all about!!!!!!
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