Aussie Love & Lightening Grays

(Medical post still to come)

Cello went for his first real ride since being laid up yesterday. His ground work was impeccable, and we started playing with cavaletti from the ground; for some reason, new objects really get him lately. We introduce things regularly but new things seem to be scarier and scarier instead of him becoming more accepting… if you recall, we were even jumping a little bit the summer I first brought him home!

Anyways, the new cavaletti set that Eric built me was super scary at first. It’s a great introduction to our routine as it really makes Cello focus on where his feet are, pay attention mentally and engage his hind end.

When I first hopped on him, he was really resistant with flexing to the right, had a ton of attitude and didn’t want to move forward. I put an Australian saddle on him (that I thought was still for sale but my friend beat me to it!) and was really strong with him. There’s no way he would be able to buck me out of that thing (and it’s not all that easy to buck me off anyways when I’m really riding and paying attention.) When he realized I meant business yesterday, he really changed his tone. It turned out to be a great ride! So naturally, I am now in search of an Aussie saddle. I think it will be great for his testy days, and then I’ll have my Stubben for jumping days! When we get to that point…

I thought it would be fun to compare how he has changed since I brought him home. Gray horses have a gene that makes them lighten as they age; not all gray horses go white, however, which I frequently have to remind people. It seems like most people either assume all gray horses go white or they aren’t aware that they change at all! Some stop lightening as rapidly and remain dappled, but the majority continue to lighten. You can really see this with looking at Andalusians and Lippis.

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Cello 2012

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Cello 2012

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Cello 2012

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Early 2013

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Late 2013

Winter 2014/2015

Summer & Fall 2015

xoxo

Cello & Dani

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