There was a week or so in January that Jack was off so I had one last lesson on Dandy. Going in to it, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it ended up being both very productive and a really good lesson. Lessoning on Jack had improved my riding a ton in just a few weeks and that really helped me when I got on Dandy.
He still had his moments but because my seat was more secure and my hands softer, I was able to push through and avoid any major tantrums. It was such an empowering lesson, knowing that I could handle Dandy if I had to. I pretty much expected to not ride him again once I made the decision to sell, I didn’t see the need to put myself through any of his antics. But I’m glad I did. I think it helped close the book.
Being on both Jack and getting back on Dandy has given me a new confidence going into a new horse. I can’t afford something completely made, and I certainly can’t afford a Jack(!), but I feel confident finishing a lightly started or let down OTTB again. I just have to find with a more amateur friendly mind.