I may have bought myself a jumper. He has world-class reining and cow horse blood lines – but he likes to jump large things, like giant piles of poles. On his own, Lex has diverted twice to jump this:
Yes, it is pretty big by most standards for a horse to gently lope to and over on their own. It measures about 2.5 feet across and a tad less than 1 foot high. I guess this means the bridge in our yearling trail class shouldn’t be an issue. :-) Thankfully I had a witness the second time Lex causally loped a circle and then aimed straight at the pole pile. Most of the folks at the barn thought I had officially lost it.
Maybe Lex is channeling his grandsire “Flying Storm Kite”
Kite not only has points in halter, heading, and heeling – but has also won open classes on the flat and over fences. If Lex wants to take after him and Rolex, I am sure not going to complain.
Until that time comes, he’ll just have to settle for yearling trail on the flat, and hopefully not try to jump anything he shouldn’t!! One of the reasons I love working with the young ones is that they will always do something that will surprise you.
Watch out hunter ring, Lex is getting an early start on his training!
As promised yesterday, below are a few pics of Lex the day after his 1st birthday, there are more on his facebook page here: