Thanks for your comments on Doxology. I have to say I’ve put a lot of time into him. I’ve spent everyday with him since he arrived, building a strong bond and developing trust. I’ve taken sufficient time for him to recover fully from surgery after gelding, regaining weight and adjusting to his new life. Also, I had him detoxed by my vet to remove any drugs or chemicals in his system and I have him on great supplements with fatty acids and probiotics. So far I am thrilled with him. He is a beautiful, floating mover and very smart. He learns quickly but still spooky, a typical teenager, rebellious at times but after a scolding, apologetic. He beams with pride after a job well done and loves praise.
Karissa is the trainer helping me with him (she is pictured riding him). She has retrained two off the track thoroughbreds, one of which she is riding at HITS in Ocala this month. She is an Olympic hopeful and very talented.
We started with “Dox” on the lung line, long lines, driving, side reins then riding. Currently we are working on strengthening his gaits, especially picking up the right lead, improving balance with the aid of draw reins and moving off the leg. We’ve only been cantering about three weeks, he really objects to picking up his right lead, bucking, jumping and kicking out, but he eventually gets it. I get lots of comments about how far he’s come and how good looking he is. We’re still looking to see which discipline will suite him best.
I wish the pictures were better, some of them make “Dox” look much lighter than he is.