I could go way, way back and show before pictures of Robert as a gangling yearling just getting broken out, or from when I officially bought him in December 2010, but to keep it mostly blog current I'll start from when I got him back in December 2011.
Bobby has gone from mediocre to fabulous on the flat over the years. He started off just chugging along quietly, but unimpressive in both frame and mannerism.
But then he learned to express himself.
And present day I have a tried and true dressage show horse!
Bobby was very green learning to jump. Things like lines of poles confused him, and Bobby loves to let you know when he's displeased.
Bobby's favorite word was "NO."
Until he finally learned to jump so high that I thought I was going to die.
|June 2013. 4'|
Bobby is one consistent cross country horse. He's consistently good with his footwork:
He's consistently good with clearing things with room to spare:
And, let's be honest, no one has a gallop like Bobby Magee. He's consistently good at cantering like his brain fell out.
This horse. He has taken the eventing world by storm!
No, but really. This horse. He can be the biggest tool, and throw the biggest tantrums, and absolutely lose his shit over nothing, but he has come a long way from ugly ass fresh off the track Thoroughbred being poorly ridden in the year before I bought him:
|February 2010. getting hacked by someone else at school|
To a legitimate dressage horse:
Who knows all about contact and carrying himself:
And a cute:
|January 2011. literally his first ever jump|
But uneducated jumper:
To a horse that knows his job:
And is really pretty good at it: