She did have one unfortunate stop on XC that was not her fault. She slid across a wet patch of ground and couldn't recover in time. So they circled and all went as planned through the finish flags.
Glenbaer has done a wonderful job with this unconventional 14.2hh horse. I sent Zizi across the country to her -- without ever having met her and only knowing her online -- because she was just starting out and I thought she'd have the time that a special case like Zizi required.
Zizi is very intelligent and likes to work. In her two and three year-old years, she would throw screaming tantrums if she couldn't work first or work for as long as she liked, which was all day, every day. If you gave her a day off and turned her out with other animals, she went to work on her own, sorting, herding, hostage-taking and rule-making. This is why she worked every single day for eight straight months as a 3 year-old. It was that or tantrums and hostages.
Since then, she's grown up quite a bit mentally, if not at all physically. She's a blast to ride but not necessarily the easiest horse to stay with over the jumps. There's not much in front of you, so your balance has to be spot-on. Glenbaer would probably agree that she's one of those horses who makes you a better rider on all your horses -- if you can learn to balance and go with her, every other horse will be that much easier.
JMP has also been a big help with Zizi, even though he wasn't impressed with her at all in the beginning. But then a 14hh, skinny, bossy mare isn't really anyone's idea of the perfect eventer.
Thanks for the nice comments. Zizi has always been my favorite.
Glenbaer is about 5'8", so riding a small, narrow, sensitive horse like Zizi takes considerable skill.
Zizi's most Akhal-Teke-ish parts are her neck, ears and shiny coat. Her sire is Super Star. Mum is an OTTB. I think she's a nice combination of her parents, although her lack of size -- her parents are 15.2+hh and 16hh -- is a bit of a mystery.
I just watched the video again and I had to come back and say that she has a GORGEOUS slow, confident jump. Now I want to have Glenbaer train my horse - does she accept payments in cookies, LOL? I did not know she was half-AT, what a unique girl!
Have you been able to find good xc boots for her? I need to research a pair Donna Miller told me about. That has been the hardest thing for me to find for my 14.3 hander (who is also narrow and quite a sensitive mare). She just completed her first one star (40th) with a stop on xc after she over-reached and struck herself.....wotrking on addressing that problem, but she was foot perfect afterwards!
I'm not sure what Zizi worse last weekend but for a while she was wearing her mum's Gygax size 1 (pony) xc boots in front. Zizi's mum is 16hh, and her legs are a bit bigger but she also has super-short cannon bones, and I found this to be the more difficult issue to service with boots. Zizi has short cannons, too, but she's also got the coveted Akhal-Teke 'dry' legs which are very skinny.
Also, it's hard finding pony-sized anything that isn't bright pink or baby blue, which drives me nuts.
I'm interested -- what brand did Donna Miller tell you about?