Jessie (Mr Combustible)
Jessie is an Irish Sports Horse by the thoroughbred stallion, Mr Combustable. This horse is one of my personal favourites to have ever worked with.
Potential is an often overused word but it’s one that I associate with this mare. She’s only young. She’s green and was still immature physically when I was asked to work with her. I was schooling her 3 days a week and the goal was to set a foundation. She was recently broken and left off for the winter and it was asked that I focus on building on from there. Jessie is a very blood horse and was probably best suited to being a Showjumper or Eventer.
She was smart, sensitive and worked very well to the voice. Thankfully she had a great start with regards to that. She was green and with all horses but especially in this case, I like to work according to the training scale, particularly the first 4 elements. Rhythm, relaxation, contact and impulsion.
Jessie was a quick learner and very willing to please and try. I took her over a small cross-pole once or twice and was absolutely in love with her jump. Although I had only jumped her over a small 30-40cm cross-pole, she had a very natural talent for jumping. She rounded and basculed over the fence in such a way that it’s rare, especially in this level of horse.
My time with Jessie come to an end however as I suggested she gets a break to grow and mature physically. It wasn’t something the owner had planned for but it was always stressed on both mine and the owners side that rushing this horse was in nobodies interest.
When you have a horse like this, it’s easy to get carried away and keep pushing and pushing. Especially when the horse doesn’t dispute or argue your decisions. It was best for her at that stage to go out to grass and mature and grow into herself some more.
I’m excited to see what the future offers this horse, she was really something super!