This horse is a gorgeous mover, loads of suspension and really elegant. The first time I rode him, it came as a shock, because he looked like a stick insect and had the personality of a mouse. But he's very agreeable to rider input, and that combined with his natural uphill movement makes for some very pretty pictures.
Mick is absolutely a gem! These pics are from his first actual time in a dressage ring (show from February in semi-white-out conditions doesn't count-- although being brave about dressage ring blowing down during test was pretty cool).
His gaits are stellar, and his jump is phenomenal. Still in a gangly stage, learning to use himself and such, but has power and presence beyond belief. He is truly a larger, chestnut, male version of Zizi. (On the list of personal favorites in the barn, JMP has Zizi ranked first, and Mick second. Kind of cool. )
Im heading out to ocala soon, but next week you are welcome to come ride him. I just talked w jmp and he said people can come only when I am around, and only with an appointment. Any day next week works for me, and Mio should be doing BN at Longleaf. Just let me know what you would like to do.