Flint Hill and General Forrest were both 4yr olds and they arrived March 26th, 2007.
The above pics are of Flint Hill one of the first CANTER horses I was involved with. He didn’t pass his first vet check due to weak stifles..not suprising considering the condition he was in. Very fun transformation to watch this horse and I am lucky enough to still see him because my mom bought him and loves him. First pic in March, Second in May, third in June and then October. I just saw him this week and he is a tank! Huge uphill neck with powerful hindquarters. There are people out there who are not trustworthy which is why he ended up so thin. His hair fell out in clumps, wormy belly and he was so thin it was painful for him to be touched.
This is General Forrest very cute and only two months of the track when he arrived with Flint.
I can’t say he ever really got as much weight on him and he was not a fan of the dressage work as much as some of the others 🙂 This boy was so terrified of jumping when he arrived it took me three months to get him over a pole on the ground. I would have gave him away at that point 🙂 All of a sudden it clicked and he gained his confidence through walking and trotting over lots of low jumps and then adding in low scary jumps until he was out winning the local shows.
He was sold to a junior rider and is having fun in the hunter ring doing these sort of things 🙂
I don’t remember when Klondike arrived but the first set of pics I have were July 15th. He was quiet but hated contact and liked to go around with his mouth open. He loved to hack around but work was not on the top of his list.
Less than a month later he was starting to get the idea.
He had gained a lot of weight and muscle when he tweaked his tendon and went back to CANTER. It was fun for me to watch his journey back to riding with Allie and Kelly. He was the coolest horse in the barn. Every time I turned around he had something in his mouth.
Next came Yellow Tavern. I was more excited than I had been in a long time after riding this horse. I dropped off Klondike at Frying Pan Park and Allie wanted me to get on Tavern and try him out. He had just come off the track and here we were riding out x-country while there was some sort of western competition going and and people here there and everywhere. Needless to say I was in love 🙂
If I look at this picture I wonder what other people must have thought when I said this was a horse who could do the big stuff but if you sat on him you would totally know. He moves so light across the ground and when he jumped you never felt him take off or land. He was just that cool. First ride pics
I have no idea why he looks so different in this next set of pictures because they are only taken five days later but man you can see why I was excited.
I think the next ride I jumped him over everything in my ring and you could have not gotten me to stop smiling. We didn’t get pictures because I assumed there would be plenty of other opportunties but I broke my wrist a few days later and was out for the next several months. I could not hold a lunge line but I did a lot of free lunging and free jumping with tavern to teach him about contact and reform his jumping style. He had been a steeplechaser and although he could jump anything he did have his own style. I simply think he had so much scope he didn’t need to worry about his technique!
It was fun trying to convince my friends to get on all my horses when they hadn’t been ridden for weeks. I kept them in shape with free lunging but for the most part I couldn’t even put on bridles or equipment so they didn’t retain their muscles like they could have. Somehow I don’t think his new owner is having any problems with the water jump because they like to go swimming even with winter blankets on!
Next arrival was Indy’s Wolf. Allie came to pick up Tavern and brought me another to play with. I was still wearing my cast but hoping to ride soon. Here I am riding Indy with my cast on. He hadn’t been ridden in at least a year so my husband was sweating bullets and pissed that I was even considering getting on a horse that I didn’t know. But look at Indy..did he look dangerous??? Nice shirt ripped up the arm to make room for the cast that went up behind my elbow!
Two months later and he wasn’t much more attractive but getting more muscle and weight.
Three months later
I have posted his recent pics and he looks better each day. These are just a few of the horses that I have worked with but I love showing how they change as their training progresses.