Last night, as snow levels lowered and storm warnings were issued on the weather report, we became concerned that we would not be able to make it to Casey’s evaluation today. Well, it rained all night, but never froze.
Casey’s feet had been trimmed this week. Our farrier, who is also Assistant Trainer at our barn, Kerry, says that after a couple more trims, Casey’s feet will be great! That means normal. No more too short, no more lopsided. No need for shoes, no gimp. I am ecstatic about that!
Then, we had Kerry climb aboard and warm Casey up. Now, Casey hasn’t really been rode in 2 years. After a bit of “No, I don’t feel like it” and “I don’t really want to” and a couple snorts, poops and hops, Casey was off. He crow hopped a couple times, but never offered to buck. After warming him up, our trainer and BO, Tasha, hopped aboard and tried him out and tested his huntseat and dressage abilities.
Here’s what we learned:
-Needs work on his lope
-Appears to have reining training. As in, after a bit of reminders, was offering to put his butt in the dirt on a gentle “whoa”
-Is on the lazy side, which isn’t necessarily bad
-Moves off the leg, doesn’t have a clue about neck reining
-Doesn’t have an extended trot, and probably isn’t suitable for HUS
-Probably has been shown in walk/trot classes
-Can sidepass and do flying lead changes
-Can turn on his forehand and haunches
-Does not longe and doesn’t know how to. He was probably always round penned
-Is suitable for WP, Trail, Reining, chasing cows, etc. Maybe for dressage, eventually, and only lower levels if I really want somewhere in the future
-Has a big motor. However, he doesn’t use it.
So, Casey will be getting 30 days tune up in January or Feb, as finances allow and we’ll be starting lessons with our trainer, Tasha. I am excited that we finally have a direction and now I need new tack as I have English and Dressage tack from previous horses. Tack shopping! My favorite kind!