Here’s a video clip of Opus Dei, aka Oops, starting shoulder in work in the clinic at Smart Start Stable February 2018. Hard to believe he wasn’t cantering under saddle a year ago! All he needs is strength for the work, he’s a quick learner and a talented horse that’s had a wonderful start under saddle making everything easy for him to learn.
Below is Oops at his second show, fourth time off of the farm, first time showing in sloppy footing. Amazingly wonderful, 75% in Training 3!! So easy to ride and show, proof yet again that basic foundational training comes first. He’s actually still not “solid” in his dressage work! So much packed in this boy yet to be unwrapped and developed.
Here’s some proof that doing foundational training, the basics first and then building in dressage is a win-win! Here is Oops at his first show. He was wonderful, easy to work with, not overwhelmed with the whole experience. This is the second time off the farm since he arrived as a yearling. He scored a 73%!!
Krystal and Suzette working May 2016.