|I call this his Young and Ugly pic, this was his sales picture. |
Only one I have from his younger years.
Fast forward a couple of years and he has been moved to the barn I was at, I was riding him a couple of times a week and was working on getting him to learn how to canter. Tragedy struck when he kicked the App (who fully deserved it) and fractured the App's front leg. While the App was out of commission for 6 months, the TWH became my full time project. We learned to canter, we learned to trot, we learned to jump. After the App was rideable again, I simply forgot to stop working with the TWH.
We started showing in gaited dressage, some jumping shows and even placed 5th out of 18 in a w/t/c flat class. When I found I was moving to Michigan, the owner asked if I could take him with me. She couldn't bear to sell him and not know what would happen to him and she couldn't afford him anymore. Obviously I have SUCKER written on my forehead because of course I took him. Despite the fact he is gaited, randomly spooky, passive and reactive I think I am actually going to be able to use him for what I want to do. By jumping I am teaching him to think before reacting, by turning out with the App he is learning to be more aggressive. By trotting we are opening up possibilities for normal classes and the random spookiness we will just have to deal with but it is SO much better than it used to be.
So meet Sinatra, my TWH who is becoming a well rounded trotting horse whether he was bred for it or not.