Bam has definitely done more than just one ride at the current time, but I have been a serious slacker in letting you guys know about it, SORRY!!!!
This winter has been full of trail riding, trailering to indoors, free jumping and the works....He is really getting out there and getting some miles on him which is making him a really super mount and adding lots of fun things to his resume.
He is quiet on the trails alone and in company, he is all too happy to just walk on a loose rein and enjoy the weather....we have had brilliant fun doing gallop sets in the snow, doing our best to rebuild that hind end muscle that he lost in his short time off the track...We started getting a little more consistent in our jumping, too....
We already showed Bam to a client who was looking for an upper level event horse, but unfortunately he just wasn't the type the client was looking for. Bam proved to be a nice steady mount, quickly learning how to jump the rolltops in the new and different indoor, and eventually doing lines from a BN rolltop to a BN rolltop with a pole to make it about a 3'3" oxer - yay Bam Bam!!!
Most recently we have been schooling some dressage and starting to build some gymnastics to really get his style and form top notch so he can soon find his forever home with a pro or up and coming rider.....
Enjoy the slideshow!
Bam's first ride can be described as nothing less than a success. He is unbelievably fun, easy, uncomplicated, and more broke than he probably should be....
Bam has been in preparation for his big first ride...he's been doing some lunging in side reins and also heading out being ponied on big trail rides with the reliable Oz. He's seemingly quiet (we have not cantered being ponied, well me and Oz have but Bam trots along with us like clockwork!) on the lunge Bam is basically voice command and I think that will make the transition to riding very easy. In side reins he needs a little work, but I do think that riding will help that whole concept better than just going on a lunge.
Anyway, long story short, he is very ready for that next step and I am so excited to take him there...
I am going to try and have someone taking photos and/or video along the way and post it for you guys. I think it's going to be rather uneventful but again, so excited!
Until the weekend...
Bam December 2012
Getting ready for a nice December trail ride
Oh Bam Bam....I had thought after the first day of Bam being on my farm that perhaps when I met him he was drugged at the track. He had some voices in his head and would do silly things, he never seemed to be quite as relaxed as he should be, rather, as relaxed as his other counterpart.
The first day of turnout was awfully exciting....I have a link to video on my own personal facebook page but it should be available to the public so feel free to do some creeping to see how he was. His manners walking to the pasture were atrocious, but I did little to reprimand him as it was all new and I'm sure 90% of the disrespect was due to the high energy of a new place, new surroundings and just not knowing what to expect.
Fortunately, I have three individual pastures that are only separated by one fence line, it makes it super for tasks like having two freshies off the track - I stuck Ozzy in the middle as my babysitter. He's usually unphased by any sort of baby crap, and not the slightest bit mean should they wind up together, but also not about to be bullied either. He's smart and quick and also teaches respect kindly, the exact necessity for any barn doing this sort of project. They met over the fence and immediately Oz squealed and struk out, three times actually, which is uncommon for him but was him basically saying "you are really rude, knock it off" they then proceeded to graze nose to nose on the fence line calmly for some time.
At about lunch time I had decided to open up the pasture and let Bam and Oz be together. It went well, and Oz eventually wound up just being the ornament eating the grass because in the end, Bam just wanted to be with Toasty. About an hour or so before I brought in for the evening I took Oz out and let Bam and Toasty out together. They were super and not one bit mean or rude to one another, quite uneventful for any set of horses, let alone two not so socialized OTTBs.
Anyway, as the days go by Bam is gaining weight fast and getting calmer and more well mannered. I am almost to the point of not using a chain on him but with the cold and wind, I have not been brave enough yet. We groom in the aisle tied to one cross tie and also can be groomed free in the stall with no problems. Theres no kicking or biting and minimal face making around the sensitive areas so I would say he is settling well. OH and also, he clips :)
This was the best shot we could get of him, and believe it or not this IS weight added on :(
Tonight will be the boys first time outside for the evening and also I will be movi
Honestly, Bam looks rough about now....
This picture struck me because there was not much I didn't like, the proportions are good, hes a great bay the angles were not so bad, on meeting him, he was barefoot and super sane and a complete love bug in his stall. Not an overly outstanding mover but the cold chill of the wind, coupled with being an amped up race horse that has clearly had it rough for awhile (hard training, or hard to no training?) he was body sore and tight.
Half of my decision on him was feeling bad, the other was because I like a "challenge" this horse has a broken spirit I think and I really want to do what I can to help him out. He's got the potential to be super sweet, but needs to learn that people can be trusted and are not out to get him.
He's homely, a bit of an attitude (as in "I'm not going to do what you want only because you want me to do it ") but I'm going to do right by him and hopefully he will all turn around. His goofy attitude in the stall makes him fit right in at my barn. He's a complete ham....who is stalled across from Stevie. When Bam finally made it into his stall they were both on tip toes trying to kiss each other across the way, it was super weird I'm not going to lie. I see a future dumb and dumber on my hands, but I think good friends, turnout and some TLC will really turn this horse around into something nice.....
First turnout adventure story coming sooon :)