MONK and Ambrose loaded up and heading for Auburn to pick up Shannon Constanti to ride Ambrose out of the Overlook in Auburn to Poverty Bar. Shannon is a world class endurance rider with a 2nd place finish at Tevis in 2010, plus many more accomplishments. This is Ambrose's 4th trail ride with other horses. This ride will be technical and short sections of good trail where you can move out. My goal was to find a way to work both horses together and have them work together rather then against each other. We rode most of the single track to Poverty bar with MONK in front and on the return trail Ambrose was in front. When we had good trail where it was impossible to get in front of the other horse, things went well. When the trail was wide open that is were things got a little complicated. If Ambrose was in front and was cantering, MONK would almost want to get in a runaway situation to catch up, if they were side by side it was even worse, a head length seemed to work best. There won't be any side by side racing with these guys for awhile, not sure you could get them back if you let them go.
Because MONK will be doing the 100 mile event at 20MT our plan is to take Ambrose and if Shannon goes she will ride him in a 35LD..... Probably been a long time since she has done a LD, she did her first 50 mile endurance ride when she was 5 Years Old......
Ambrose is not only a definite endurance prospect but more then likely a FEI candidate. Watching this horse on the trail with Shannon aboard was a awesome site, he has a pretty rough extended trot, probably because of his short back, but he has a good overstride and can keep the pace with MONK and maybe even out trot him, which is saying something.
|Shannon and Ambrose, post ride|