Bravado is an eight-year-old, 17h, big-bodied thoroughbred gelding. He has been foxhunted for two seasons with North Hills Hunt including joint meets with other hunts and two trips to our nationally-famous Burwell fixture. About half the time he was ridden as the field master’s horse and the other half of the time in the field. He’s used to being ridden out alone and is a bold, but sensible, jumper, and nonchalant about hounds.
He has evented successfully at USEA-recognized Beginner Novice level and schooled and done a schooling event at Novice level.
He peaceably lives out with a small herd 24/7 with access to a shelter. He has good herd social skills.
Bravado recently passed a basic pre-purchase examination at Iowa State University in anticipation of his sale. Rider in most of the the images is 6’3″ tall; Bravado is a measured 17 hands. No vices, good hooves, current on all veterinary and farrier needs, link to pedigree. $12,500. Located in Cambridge, Iowa, 1 minute off I-35. Contact Camie Stockhausen or 515 231 9875.
Lovely day so we went for a hack up to the Fairview Cemetery after going down to the end of the road. Out for a roll in the arena at the end. The best is the video, when he decided to give a playful buck.
In the last few sessions I have worked on helping her tune in to the seat, and with that coming along nicely, I started work on the canter to trot transition. We worked on staying relaxed in canter and reacting calmly to downward transition aids and made some nice progress.
Such a beautiful day! I went out and brought him in to brush him and he is shedding quite nicely! His hooves look great. I tacked up and headed out on a hack. We walked down the hill and half way back up for warm up and then trotted up the rest of the hill. He thought that was pretty fun, but also pretty hard.
Then we went for another long walk past the chicken house and took a right at the T intersection. When we turned onto the road that goes west to the Delander Cemetery, I asked for canter, thinking I would take it easy and just got a short way. He was very happy to go, giving me a few overly-rounded canter steps and snaky neck to boot. It was hilarious.
We trotted much of the way home, and walked the last half mile. He feels great, is at perfect weight and in good humor. Some of our peaceful walk:
The gravel roads are perfect for hacking because the footing is soft enough for the horses and also makes the cars drive slow when they go by, of which there were exactly two because people avoid soft gravel – bonus! Missy on Sammy and I on Lexie went down Cam’s road and then east to the creek, about four miles. She got looser and looser in a positive manner. Great ride.
A beautiful day to ride and Leo was in a prime mood for cookies and fun. We went down the hill to the end, then up the hill and east to the property where the guy is always burning things in the ditch. LOL. The gravel road was terrible for driving, but great for a canter! After untacking he had a nice roll in the indoor.