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For some reason, every winter, someone tries to give away their horses to Cedar Lodge. In January 2015 Amy underwent negotiations for a horse named Doc. Doc's owner was looking to downsize her horse family as her people family was growing. As the negotiations proceeded another horse was brought into the picture, Ollie.
Ollie is a 2001, off the track thoroughbred. He is a 16.3 hand chestnut, with a stripe that is in the shape of a question mark running down his face. Ollie is much like a giant dog, and loves his face being brushed and nosing around for treats. He is great at accepting kisses, and has just a fantastic loving personality.
After the track Ollie was owned by a youth rider who showed him the 3'6 jumpers very successfully, and he schooled 2' courses with the woman who previously owned him.
The first couple of rides Ollie was very tense, and went around the ring like a racehorse with limited breaks. After playing around with some new bits, and lots of turnout Ollie started to settle. Within a week he was relaxed and very attractive. Amy suggested taking him over a cross rail on one of these quiet rides to see just how excited he might be over fences. Kali, who was riding Ollie at the time, mustered up a little courage and turned him in line with the fence. They started trotting to the fence, and Ollie did the exact opposite of what everyone expected, he slowly, and I mean slowly, jogged over the cross rail and proceeded to the rail. Amy, between bouts of laughter, said it must have been a mistake and he had to go and do it again. So again, Kali turned Ollie into the fence, but this time Kali was prepared and actually asked him to land cantering, and he did, in a slow, lope away from the fence, but before he got the rail he added a full flying lead change in just for show.
Like a lot of off the track thoroughbreds, Ollie needs lots of time under saddle, and working on his breaks/transitions. But so far, he has been a surprise.
For now, Ollie is an advance ride only. Only time will tell whether he'll be a show horse, lesson horse, or a combination of the two, but for now, we continue to enjoy the surprises and progress he has made.
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