Monday, September 28, 2009

I'm Gumby!

I have been working Hola and Toby and both are doing well. No tantrums from Hola and Toby and I are leg yielding wonders. Now they get a 3 day vacation while I head out of town for a business trip. So no lesson this week.

Part of owning a horse, well any animal, is getting to know their quirks and habits. Hola has one quirk. He's a weaver. So is Toby to a much lesser degree. Hola will throw his head around and weave back and forth about as often as Jag used to crib. It certainly is not a problem to deal with. As soon as he has to work or is on the end of a lead, he stops weaving. And he only weaves in anticipation of things such as his feed or when he's feeling good. It's his way of "self expresssion."

So I couldn't resist. I had to make a short video of Hola doing his "Gumby Dance."

Notice how easily he swaps his leads and look at that floaty trot!

I'll be back at the end of the week.


  1. Haha! Silly boy. Thanks for the video.

  2. Cute video! His natural ability is so beautiful and floaty!

  3. The key to flying changes is to get Ollie and Toby to do them when they are NOT "flying" ;o) They should be "sweepy and floaty," though, and that's the challenge. Too many of them are done Wham! Wham! Wham! and they aren't pretty at all. Glad your leg yields are coming along. Good for you!

  4. I just found your blog this morning and joined as a follower. I have a confession.... thoroughbreds are my favorite breed. I have no bias or preconceived notions about other breeds in general but thoroughbreds, especially those who have seen 'the wire' are my favorite! I look forward to following your adventures!

  5. Lovely to see him in motion. Love that extension
    Ali B

  6. I just found your blog a few days ago and love it. I have been going through your old entries and have enjoyed your videos and pictures. We lost an OTTB last year; a mare named Shadow, so when I watched your tributes and entries about Jag I cried. It felt good to mourn her again and let the tears flow. Thanks