Friday, March 13, 2015


We might be having a rough time with JRA runners - surprise, surprise - but at least 'Bugatti' continues to excel. The colder weather saw him in ultra-high tension mode most of the winter, but we got around it by giving him a good strong canter to keep him physically and mentally right, and let the dressage training slip until he was more likely to respond with a modicum of attention. He really is a firecracker, and has given Louis about ten years of training in six months! However, once he settles, he works beautifully, and you can't help but love his character and looks. The warmer climes are starting to take the edge off his tension, and we can almost start training as soon as he's warmed through now. I don't think there's any way he'll be ready for an All-Japan Championship challenge this year, but folks shouldn't underestimate him in 2016...

PS. No pictures on Sunday, as it threatened to rain and so I left the camera at home. Nonetheless, 'Bugatti' put in some excellent work, going from walk to trot to canter and back the other way with a much smoother action than before. In the transformation from racehorse to riding horse, all these things take time and practice, and the latter is something we haven't been able to do of late - high-tension and weather problems have seen to that. He's a magnificent beast, though, of that there's no doubt.

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