I took my camera with me to my riding lesson today.
This is Bella Equus. She is only 3 1/2 months old and is here for preschool training. She will be shown in hand at the Texas Futurity show in Dallas next month.
She is learning how to trot beside a groom and how to stand and pose. I am not sure she has figured it all out yet though!After the show, she will be turned out into the back pasture to grow up until we are ready to start her formal training.
Sandy is the head trainer at Bluebonnet. Here she is riding Equusport (Sport) for me. He has been in training for about 6 months and Sandy just took over. Let me explain that. A young man works with the young stock named Gornio. He works with them in the bull pen teaching them how to lunge and then to long line and eventually he trains them to jog in a cart. Next another young man comes into the picture and is the first one on the geldings back...again starting out in the bull pen and then working in the big arena. Only when the basics are covered and the horse is working well, does Sandy take over. Sandy has a true talent for getting each horse to work and show at their ultimate capacity. She puts the final touches on the horses and really finishes them out.
Don't get me wrong. Sport still has a long way to go. He is not cantering under saddle yet, nor is he wearing a full bridle.. but Sandy will get him there. He is slated to be shown at the Christmas TASHA show in December with Sandy astride.
The biggest thrill though was to find out that Sport was ready for me to come aboard!!!
I was very timid at first, but Sandy assured me that I could take ahold of him and even tap him on the shoulder if I wanted to step him up a bit. I was thrilled!!! Sport is one of those horses that came out of the womb spectacular...and he just keeps on impressing me.
Before our ride was over, I just had to lean down and whisper a few sweet words to him..sigh..
I did ride Oliver sidesaddle today and it was a great ride..but no one picked up my camera during that time. Shar, one of my girlfriends came with me this morning and she did take some pictures with her camera, but I have not yet seen them.
What a wonderful day.....