More on Baybuilt
|Wow. I left you guys hanging for quite awhile didn't I? Let's see if I can't catch you up.|
Buying after seeing him in a stall and watching a brief video of his movement suddenly seemed like the most ridiculous of decisions. His young and narrow 15.3 frame threw me off. Had I made a mistake? Was this a complete miss?
|Baby horse is not very large.|
I steeled myself and set about lunging him. His breeder had told me a little about his training, and she didn't think he'd been lunged much (if at all) before. With that in mind, I was floored by how well he took to the endeavor. In one day he picked up my verbal commands. On day two he learned he couldn't fall in on the circle. By day three lunging was old news.
I was learning, too. Baybuilt was smart.
|The smartest baby racehorse.|
Photo by Liz
|That movement, though. Even still race-tight he's nice.|
Photo by Liz
Of course Jan quickly agreed to help me get on Baybuilt. I think we were both super excited to see him go under saddle!
|World's least eventful baby thoroughbred first ride.|
While we just walked and trotted, I could tell this little guy was tuned in and listening. He seemed to be listening to my seat already, and quick off the aids. I noted a couple of problem areas (mostly some gate sour tendencies and and inability to come to a complete halt, both of which are extremely common in horses right off the track), but was very impressed with him.
|Happy faces on the first ride!|
|Little horse builds a lot of muscle!|
By the time Jan left on Monday afternoon, I had ridden Baybuilt 6 times, worked through his walk/trot/canter cues, gone on a short hack on the property, and we had fitted all my tack to him. I can't thank Jan enough for helping get me set up to jump right to work with this precious little guy all by myself!
|Watch out world! Wild baby racehorse coming through!|