2013 Memories

2013 Memories

Thursday, January 5, 2017

All about Bentley

 
This adorable face shot is what really drove me to go look at the gangly and awkward 4 yo still at the track. If you haven't been behind the scenes at a ghetto track, I highly reccomend it! So much entertainment. I met the lady at the back gate and she took me to see him. He had been stuck in his stall for 5 days due to snowy weather and the track being closed. Not only that but the hot walkers had been frozen in place for several days also. He has a little sassy and full of energy but was quite easy to handle and stood quietly for pets. A couple trots up and down the road, a brief feel over of his legs and such, and that's all I got. Apparently it's all I needed. The vetting was scheduled the following day and the wait begun.
 
I have had Bentley going on two weeks now. In that time he has:
-learned how to cross tie
-been clipped for the first time (bridle path/whiskers)
-learned how to lunge (work in progress... w/t/whoa are decent!)
-went on a little solo trail hack (very short but very sweet also)
-had his first post track ride... bareback 😃
-stood like a total pro for farrier and first set of hot shoes
-learned what the mash bucket looks like and what it brings him. This boy loves his mash!
-learned how to be more respectful on the ground
-and most importantly he learned what treats are! Maybe a little to enthusiastically but we will work on that.
Here is a quick transformation picture of him already from his listed picture to more current
 First ride post track:
 And first solo outside walk:
 So far I am very impressed with him! It is always a gamble to buy a horse but especially in this way. He has definitely exceeded my expectations in the brain department. He is very bold and curious versus flighty and has a very sweet personality. I am looking forward to seeing him grow and mature both physically and in his training. I have a feeling he is going to be a looker!
 His idea of fun was finding a mud hole in his pasture and covering his body from head to toe in dripping mud.... did I mention it was below 30 degrees?

13 comments:

  1. oh my goodness he is so handsome! And adorable! He is going to be even more handsome when he remuscles. They all look to "tracky" at first.

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    1. Definitely very tracky! Can't wait till he fills out. Although he may be sad when his "make Bentley fat" diet goes away!

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  2. Oh my goodness...the dirty pony picture. You might have a "Roz" on your hands. Good luck with that. :)

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    1. As I helplessly watched him while teaching a lesson paw and paw in the mud puddle then roll, paw while laying down, get up paw again and roll again, etc I thought "great... one of these" 😂

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  3. What a cutie! I also was interested in my 4yo OTTB because of an adorably cute head shot.

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  4. What a good looking dude! I can't wait to see him all filled out!

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  5. Can't wait to watch him go! :-) Congrats on the new guy.

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  6. He's gorgeous and those ears are just completely adorable!

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