I was planning on riding my gelding Warrior Freedom during the Horsemanship clinic. Last year we did the foundation so I thought we where ready to step it up. Unfortunately his hoof was a problem. I don't know if you remember but a couple of months ago he had a huge abscess blown out. Now it is all grown to the bottom and a large chunk of his hoof was about to break of. IF that would happen he would for sure be lame. I did not wanted to take that risk and decided not to ride him BUMMER.
So I took Jake ( my horse Spirit was already "rented out"). Jake is only 5 still growing, very green and has no idea what to do with his long spaghetti legs sometimes. Also he doesn't trot or gait but does a bunny hope, camel gait. very uncomfortable. Later we managed to get at least a good lope, but we need to work on the gaits in between for sure.
The first day I was too busy getting everything and everybody organized so I started in the Horsemanship. That was a little to much for him, and also he became Mr. Studly with those nice mares riding around him. but it was a good experience for him and me and we accomplished a lot.
The rest of the clinic I rode him in both clinics so he was busy ;-) and he made such big progress.
Very proud of him. Here an impression of what we did.
Hidden Cave Ranch Curly Horses, KY