The TB in him was apparent in his "go" button, his heart, his conformation, and his stamina. But he has a Quarter Horse brain. Calm, cool, collected and smart. He liked to study new things. He rarely spooked. I ended up selling the Friesian and going with Jackson for both trail and dressage. I'd rather have "fun" and "try" instead of "talent" and "make me."
We learned a lot together. We went from skinny and scared...
...to muscled and straight.
We had a blast. He made me laugh and that's the best.
Unfortunately, the wonderful partnership we had under saddle was short lived. Jackson has a great brain, a huge heart, and crappy feet. He couldn't tolerate regular work. He developed concussion laminitis in 2011 which then became chronic and I had to retire him that year at the tender age of eight. He will live out his days here at Aspen Meadows and he will always be my heart horse.