Since he was so gawky and weak his two year old year, I broke him in the spring, then turned him out the rest of the year to grow and gain strength. He was one of the first horses I started and trained from weanling year all the way through his 5 year old year all by myself. He was very forgiving of my mistakes, and taught me how valuable (and fun) it is to train without pressure and worry of a timeframe.
This was a good decision. He was strong and mature enough his three year old year to handle the hard work of show training. I was on edge his first show in June, just waiting for problems! He was marvelous, acted like it was another day at home.
Things really clicked by the end of summer. I had put him up for sale since money was really tight, but then took him off the market. I always have a hard time selling a horse!
Eventually Scream learned the finer points of riding, and became excellent at showmanship. His beautiful trot and slow-legged canter were wonderful to ride, and he has such a nice quiet disposition! What a nice change from the "hot" personalities!
1999 was a good year for Scream and I. This was Scream's first full year of showing. We showed in showmanship and all hunt seat classes.
For his first year of showing, Scream did an excellent job! we started off the year with a bang, hit a few bumpy spots in the show road, but ended on a very positive note! His successes earned him a first place high-point finish in Showmanship, Open English Pleasure, and Adult English Pleasure, along with second place year-end finishes in Open Equitation and Adult Equitation in O.W.H.A.. With these high placings, Scream earned the High-Point (all-around) Adult award for 1999. Scream is a living example to the fact that, with hard work and effort, anything is possible!
2000 was another good year for Scream and I. We achieved nearly all of our training goals this year. Scream finished in the top 5 in Showmanship, equitation, and English Pleasure once again, and (unofficial) won the reserve All-Around award again. In September, Scream was sold to a youth competitor in Kentucky to resume is show career with a new owner. Good luck to them both!
Scream was sold in 2000 to a youth exhibitor who went on to show hunter under saddle very successfully for several years. He was then sold again and went to the east coast. Unfortunately, the new owners neglected to put his papers in their name, and I lost track of him. I would LOVE to find him some day!