Friday, August 22, 2014

Tori

Cute face
With Guinness still gimping around on his abscess-laden foot (though, he is feeling considerably better after it drained some yesterday), it's looking like I'll be having a lesson on the green TB mare I've been putting some miles on. 

You have all met Tori previously, but I didn't tell you much about her. She's a 7 year old TB. Her race history is a mystery to me (haven't tried to read her tattoo). She came to the farm from a local rescue, and it's hard to tell what was done with her between the track and there. She has basically zero training beyond race training, and had pretty sporadic work for the last 2 years she's been hanging out in the pasture at the farm. She's basically a blank slate. 

With more regular work, she's really starting to come together. She's naturally very forward, and can be zoomy. She's easy in contact, and really starting to understand the concept. She's also slowly understanding calm and forward transitions. She's also very brave to fences. They don't faze her in the slightest. The best part is that she is losing a lot of her extremely nervous behavior. She used to flip in crossties, and now stands nicely for me. She used to hold her breath the entire time she was ridden, and now can be heard snorting nicely in time with her rhythm. It's the little things.

Here's a short clip of Tori and I. Please ignore how my legs are trying to crawl over my thighblocks...


13 comments:

  1. She is a cutie! Looks like you are doing a super job with her :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! She's a real sweetheart. :)

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  2. she looks lovely - very relaxed

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    1. Thanks! Relaxation is something we've definitely been working on!

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  3. Nice and steady trot there =)

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  4. Looking good. Fun to have an extra ride!

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  5. Love the spaceship look to your arena, she seems like a dote [cutie in Irish-speak ;) ]

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    1. PS: Sorry to hear the G-man was off, hopefully by the time i finish my catch up reading he'll be well on the road to recovery!

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