He's so cute! I love liver chestnuts -- I've always thought it was such a lovely colour.
Also, I'm so excited about this thread! Yesterday I was grinning like a fool for hours after my ride. My OTTB girl and I aren't competing yet (I say "my," but she belongs to my coach, I'm bringing her along), but yesterday was our lightbulb moment for forward, stretchy, round. It felt amazing! We've been inching towards contact, and she's been doing well, but yesterday it all just came together. Walk, trot, canter... they were all lovely! She was round, balanced, soft, and beautiful. I couldn't patting her, and stuffing her with treats when we were done.
Oh, I just LOVE those moments!!! When they are good, they are just the BEST!!! I love that feeling... forward, stretchy, round... and today for the first time we were actually able to create it at a show.
I bet your girl was pleased with herself too! They are so smart. It seems like once they've got it, they just get it and keep getting better.
Aww thanks We have only broke 60 once before this, so I was definitely shocked/amazed/excited!! But for the first time, I actually RODE my test instead of just going on autopilot, and Pie paid attention to me instead of staring at everything outside the arena.
I was actually thinking : "Straight down long side. Corner ahead. Prepare right bend. etc"
Instead of: " *&^*%&^%^%*!!!!!!!! DRESSAGE &%&%&&%!!!"
Congratulations leahandpie! BTW i love his name it makes me think of National Velvet! He is such a cutie pie!
My OTTB decided to be a total flake today and spent the first 20 min out of his pasture SCREAMING for his pasture mate while dancing around like he was in a square dancing contest -_-
Then we started lunging, and all was right with the world. I was so worried we'd end today's lesson on a bad note, but no! We ended on a wonderful note!
I definitely think you have to have a sense of humor for TB moments like this
Mr. Pie is actually mostly Mr. Cool and Collected, but he will melt down to a nervous trotting sewing machine if I don't give him something to focus on in the midst of the new/scary situation. The minute I ask him to do something, he says "OK, I can do that". It seems so obvious, but I finally really understood that about him this weekend!
Zoomd- you have that really cute chestnut right??? What a nice horse
MY OTTB is really growing up. We did Full Gallop this past weekend. Dressage day he traveled over alone, stood by the trailer like an old cow horse with his eyes shut, warmed up like a champ. One instant of spook then right back to work. A respectable test, very obedient, a tiny bit looky but nothing compared to days past . Sunday, he traveled with friends and didn't mind when they left him all alone. He jumped the terrifying, colorful, butterfly-filled show jump course like an old pro. If only I could ride better. Well, I AM riding better, but he was really good. On XC he was a star. Less than 1/2 as wiggly and dodgy as in the past, jumped every jump and made the time. He is such a good boy, better and better each time I get on his back. Can't ask for more, eh?
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.
Love my OTTB. Got him in September. Went xc for the first time January 15. Has done one BN and one Novice HT since (then bruised his foot and had a couple weeks off). This weekend, won the 2'11" SJ at the RH schooling show after 4 days back in work post-bruise. I have no eye to a jump distance. Thankfully, his is brilliant, despite being fairly green.
RB- that is awesome. He sounds like an awesome boy!
I feel the same way... if only I could ride better! But it is SO FUN to have a horse that makes you feel that way! I feel that his talent pushes me to work harder, because he responds so honestly to my riding. The better I am, the better can be!
We bought our guy basically sight unseen - two text message photos about 18 months ago. He spent the first year here learning to be a horse and struggling with weight and ulcers, last summer was with a pro for four months getting started on his new career. Home in early November, has packed Mr. PM around the hunt field, and the dressage ring, my dressage trainer wants him to be a dressage horse, the pro wants him back, and Mr. PM's jumping coach laughs a lot when he schools him.
Bru made his Southern Pines debut over the weekend with Mr. PM's jumping coach - work was getting in the way for Mr. PM - and finished with one speed fault penalty to win one of the Open Novice divisions at SPHT I.
My OTTB mare is a redhead in bay clothing. Some days she's fabulous and surprising in how well she does things, other days she's terror.
Take for instance yesterday. She was fabulous to be clipped, decent in the first part of the flatwork and then went all Mare-Beast on me while practising the BN "B" test we have to do this weekend. But in the jumping after she was pretty great.
I'm with you guys, if only I could ride better we'd be unbeatable at HT's. Only done one with her so far. Dressage was a disaster. "Halt? what? I don't know what that means, are you speaking english woman? 20 meter circle? I don't think so, lets do crescent moons, some stars, and oooh four leaf clovers!"
SJ: Other than the moment she came over the jump near the end of the ring and encountered DUH DUH DUHN! empty folding chairs outside the arena, she was fabulous, even the big psuedo brick pillar jump standards didn't scare her. Cross country we had two small bobbles, but was great otherwise.
Someday we will come together with great riding, and great OTTB brain to be the pair I know we can be.
I got my guy just over a year ago after trail riding him once and being unable to sell him due to an old Osselet. I loved his brain and his weirdness and bought him from CANTER. I spent a year gaining his trust (did I mention he's weird??), hacking out, popping over logs, learning about life and obscure concepts like ground manners and not kicking people who touched his legs.
He has ended up being the most amazing creature, and got me back to foxhunting, including hunt week in Aiken this year. I made the 'mistake' of having a dear friend jump school him for me, and she decided she had to have him for a little while.
So he's in training for a few months learning to be an event horse, and even went to his first horse trial at Sporting Days last week. He was perfectly behaved, despite the horrid weather, and by the time the day was through he had figured this eventing thing all out. He's pretty special I think, and his jump doesn't suck!