This is Monty, my new yard manager's ex racehorse, Monty. Kay has done a great job with him- she has done most of the IH courses, and is very much on the same wavelength!- and he is now really ready to progress at 11 yrs old. He has done prelim dressage, hunted, show jumped etc, but Kay is very keen to take him on in dressage, training classically of course!
So this was Monty learning his lateral work, he had actually had three weeks off having tweaked a leg in the field, and had some heat in it, wasnt lame, but we felt it better to give him time off. But he hadnt forgotten a thing from his last lesson, and has only done travers and half pass twice before.
And a nice stretch to finish!
We hope to take him to the highest levels of classical dressage, so will update along the way, if members are interested. I have long said if I didnt have Iberians it would be ex racehorses, and now I have one here to work with, and such a lovely chap he is, so willing to learn! Kay is excellent, fantastic with the ground work, long reining etc, and a very good rider too!
I've long said that if I didnt have Iberians, it would be ex racehorses, so now I have one here to work with! I have worked with many ex racehorses over the years, and there are some extremely good horses to be found off the track, so I am looking forward to showing what Monty- Monty the horse, that is!! - can do!
Monty is even showing signs of muscles down the side of his neck! Ex-racers can be amazing, they try so hard to please and once the penny drops come on in leaps and bounds (actually they do the metaphors when they do understand you and the literal when they don't).
Monty is simply amazing. He moved up yet another gear from those photos and video I took when teaching Kay a few days ago- only posted the video for EE members at the moment, but happy to post here too for IH members if you would be interested- it is however 23 mins long, so takes a while to download if your broadband is as crap as mine! Yesterday, from the rein back to trot, the elevation in the trot showed how easy it is going to be for him to develop a fantastic passage, and he also took his first few piaffe steps yesterday, he is an absolute superstar!
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