For those of you who have followed the story of Sport - know that he went through great times of achievment in his training and then a time of regression. He had some serious bitting issues and due to the fact that the Saddlebred horse needs to efficiently wear probably one of the most complicated bitting systems, we had to give him a vacation and back up and restart some of his training. To help him progresss, both his first trainer Sandy and I thought it best if he were to go to another trainer she works closely with and all I can say is that it has been a total success!!!
Now - at one point, I was riding Sport in all 5 gaits and riding him aside. When we started over, we backed way up. For the last 4 months, he has only been ridden astride and only in the basic 3 gaits of walk trot canter until he is completely secure in his bridle. He has made remarkable progress - so without any further delays, let me just show you! Here we are at the Texas American Saddle Horse Show in a Park Pleasure Class.
Thank you Kristen so very very much for recording this victory for me. I will cherish it forever!!
Oh yes, even though I do not have a video of it, we did also go on to win the Park Pleasure Championship class as well.