I’m a bit behind, so I’m doing a two for one blog hop today!!
History of the Horse
Before you met, where was your horse? Who bred him/her? What do you know about his sire and his dam? What do you know where he came from? Tell me about the time before he had a trainer.
Miss O was a race-trained appendix, so she was in the quarter horse side of the racing world for her very limited career. She raced once…and she was awful. Go to 2:13 in the video below for the evidence of how slow she really was. Breaks from gate 6.
I’ve written about her parents here. Short story, form what I can tell her Momma is pretty fancy, and her sire is mysterious.
Making of the Horse
Last week, we talked about our babies. This week, let’s talk about our greenies. Who trained your horse? Is your ponykins still in the process of figuring out this whole monkey-on-my-back thing, did you send off for thirty or sixty or ninety days, or did you buy a horse with all the bells and whistles? Who has helped your horse become what he or she is today?
She was broke, race trained and bred by a man in Missouri. After her lackluster track experience, I’ve been told she helped her owner pony his other racehorses around for training. That and she hung around a field and ate. After one attempt to come into the hunter/jumper world she was returned to her breeder for more time in a field, until my ex-trainer decided to give her a whirl. When she arrived she would leap jump anything and everything abet awkwardly, and was incredibly lazy and behind the leg. She kind of knew her leads, but was generally just slow and uninterested with life. However, when she did jump correctly she jumped very nice, and had a pretty cute trot.
My trainer has ridden her 2-3 times over the past two years in training rides, otherwise I opted to just lesson on O and take our learning from there. Occasionally when I’m not around I have a wonderful group of barn family who can and will take her for a spin for me, so they should get credit too. But really, it’s just been lots and lots of lessons.