Struggling to master the Monster – Latest update on this tough OTTB

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Struggling to master the Monster – Latest update on this tough OTTB

After introducing everyone to my giant OTTB “Monster,” I figured some of you may be interested in a little update. The big oaf went to his first baby schooling show last weekend, and I was thrilled with his performance. Sure, it was just a 2’6″ jumper round, and he pulled a rail, so it wasn’t like he set the world on fire. But for where he once was? I couldn’t be happier.

 


 

Monster was professional in the warmup, in fact he was more relaxed than at home. In the ring, he loped around like a hunter and let me place him to the base of every fence. He didn’t hesitate at any of the bright, new fences. Sometimes he didn’t quite know what to do from that deep spot, but he showed a very willing attitude and impressed me with his rideability. I’m sure onlookers thought I was crazy plodding around with a big gag in his mouth– and I probably won’t use it next time out. This outing proved that Monster and I are on the right track, he won’t need many horse shows to “learn the game” and may move up the levels quickly as his training progresses.

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