Last week I just was thinking that I should contact You and tell how Donna is doing.
Everything has gone super with Donna. She is always easy to handle, loves brushing and “chatting”, she is always nice to work with. She spends time from morning until late afternoon outside, then we ride outside or in riding hall or go to forests with my friends horse.. Now she has shoes also in the back legs and she moves better with the shoes. She has travelled a few time in a trailer and she nearly runs into the trailer.
At August she participated to Finland´s Hannover Championat for 4-years old mares and geldings at Ypäjä. Donna won the competition, even there were at least one horse who was moving with more elasticity and bigger! She got 7.5 points for trot and gallop, 8 from ridability and conformation, and 9 from walk! One master riding instructor Salla Varenti rode her and Donna did really look good. Last two weeks she was at our other coaches stable (at Siiri Kyrö), just for schooling and “checking” after my riding, and also Siiri liked her a lot and Donna is now much more steady with her mouth. Siiri thought that Donna´s rein pulling comes from her unstableness and when she moves with her shoulders correct up, she does not pull at all. So she is getting better all the time. These photos are all from the Hannoverian Championat (after this she has gained weight). It was raining heavily then, so Donna was not at the price giving ceremony, but I did take pictures of her later with the yellow ribbon, I will send it later.
She has grown up and now the is still a little bit higher from back and I think she has sometimes difficulties moving in balance. And a few weeks ago she lost weight and looked a little skinny, but now she has gained weight and looks really nice. We have still one competition for 4-years old horses 11.-12.10. at Ypäjä Hevosopisto. There will be about 50-80 young horses competing at dressage horse glass and about the same amount for jumping horses. There will be group glass at Saturday, small fence track also for dressage horses and at Sunday individual dressage test. Salla is going to ride her there and it is really nice to see other same aged horses and compare Donna for the. Donna has now jumped small fences and she does jump very well.
So, as You can imagine, I am very pleased and happy with DonnaJ. I will contact You later after the competition at Ypäjä and tell how did Donna succeed in there.
Best wishes also to Christina. And I you are in contact with Donnas breeder, please tell also them how Donna is doing In Finland.