Ryker has been wonderful, as always. We've been doing tons of dressage work (he really is getting it!), lots of hacking and a little jumping. I wont bore you with the nitty gritty details, but for a horse who I questioned his drive to jump, he sure has proven me wrong! (see photo below!) Now that he understands what I'm asking for, he just wants more! I don't want to push him farther than he is ready for, but he keeps eating up everything I throw at him! We've been doing quite a bit of road hacking, and finding makeshift XC jumps to play over. He's jumped a couple ditches and walked and trotted through some big puddles. Not to mention trotted and cantered out of the ring with other horses without getting strong, and always coming back nicely. I can't wait to get him to VT and really get to work!
I finally bit the bullet and went for it. He is exactly the horse I've been looking for (what are the odds!), and the lack of interest in him has certainly given me the thought that maybe he is the one I should be keeping. My other OTTB project will be for sale in June. (She is a 6 y.o., 16.1h, bay OTTB mare, see her here)
I will keep blogging over the summer, so keep your eyes open for our exciting updates to come!