We bought this gelding the beginning of June for a 10-year old girl. He's got quite a bit of excellent dressage training, a canter that basically just floats along, and a really good attitude. We took him to a play day a while back and he was the consummate professional.
He will occasionally show his Arab (so to speak) and take great offense to.... something. This usually results in a sideways spook or a bit of a porpoising canter, nothing that unseats the student too much, but definitely more opinion than necessary.
With that in mind (and perhaps some more devious machinations) I opted to ride him 1-1 before the student rode him.
|From the first day I rode him before we even considered buying him (and before I started lessoning with Tracey)|
In our first canter lengthening we had a moment where a machine outside the arena hissed and he said "NO THANKS" and darted sideways. Luckily the schooling show was such that I was able to bring him around and repeat the movement without penalty.
|A photo they emailed us after we purchased him|
(However, student went on to win Jr high point at the show!)
We went for our first trot lengthening and he offered a single stride of canter before settling back to a really phenomenal lengthening, balanced and steady the whole way across. Definitely something to work on at home.
|Another photo from years past|
I'm excited about it because he's such a different personality than Kat - so willing to go exactly where I put him and he tries really honestly. I have some things to teach him (ie moving FORWARD off the leg and not over-jumping everything in sight) but he has some things to teach me about balance and timing. I've always loved applying systems to different horses and learning about the system through the horse, so having this opportunity with a radically different personality is awesome!