An updated video of Cody in training.
This is his first try at mounted archery. I have included some walk/trot/canter work that came after, as well.
In a few short months, Cody has already reached the milestone of being a reliable general riding horse.
Nancy is riding him regularly now and I have put novice riders on him to give lessons. While I am the only one cantering him at the moment, he is perfectly trustworthy at the walk and trot for anyone. His response to leg pressure and changes in seat are better than most horses I have ridden after a much greater period of time in training, as he has picked up this part of this training at a remarkable rate. All he really needs now is time under saddle, carrying a rider, to develop his balance to the point that it becomes as natural for him as the lesser gaits are currently.
Mentally he has proven to be just a steady as we first believed. Not just smart and a quick study, but also brave and confident. His response to new, potentially frightening things, is to stop and look for several seconds, mulling it over, then he just moves on. As long as you give him the short time he needs to process, you can pretty much count on him getting past it and never having the same issue again. Nancy says this particular trait has allowed her to come to trust this young horse very quickly.
I believe another trait that has helped Nancy form a trust bond with him is the fact that he has never come close to bucking or similar behavior. Even when pushed to do things that put his balance at risk, he has never reacted adversely. Instead he just keeps plugging away as he is told, apparently willing to trust the rider not to let him get hurt. As long as we never betray this trust, I predict his meteoric rise toward finished warhorse to continue.
We have only had Cody for a short time, but he has made great advancement in the time we have had. He is one of the faster learners I have ever had the pleasure of working with. In the last couple weeks his balance and collection have improved exponentially. This is due as much to his willingness to work and desire to please. He just tries so very hard and catches on so quickly. Add this to his superior conformation and you get an animal that takes to training much quicker than most.
In the coming months we will continue with his foundation training in balance and collection and will add an introduction to weapons use and the elements to medieval martial equitation. He has proven so far to be as brave a horse we have come to expect from the Morgan breed, so I expect great things from him.
I hope to have him ready for competition by the time the event season begins this year so that Nancy will finally have a mount of her own that is just as capable as any out there, that she can hopefully connect with and feel competitive on him.
Registered Name: Clearridge Commandercody
The first thing you have to know about this gelding is; he responds to the name Commander, not Cody. 😉 This sort of sums up this boy in a nutshell.