I'm starting this log to document the training of my newest horse, Bexx. Bexx is a 2003 white (dominant white/max sabino) JC registered TB stallion whom I purchased in December from a color breeder. From what I've seen of other colored TBs, I think he's very well conformed for polo (and please feel free to post on his confo critique page if you feel otherwise; I welcome the feedback). I figure that he was up for sale because 1) He wasn't trained or proven in any discipline, show and race and 2) He is too short (15.2-3) to book as a sporthorse stallion... but luckily the perfect height for me
Bexx is currently in polo boot camp and coming along phenomenally. We all think that he had tremendous potential, and at his current rate of progress, he should be playing this year. IF he excels, I do plan on standing him at stud.
I only have general details regarding his history, but it goes something like this: He was bred in Oregon, son of Airdrie Apache and C R Secretary. He was sold at 2 to a new owner who promised him a show home and stallion station.... he only got the latter. For the next 4 years, he had no training and bred some mares; he was then sold to a new owner (the lady from whom I purchased him). She kept him for two years, and he bred some more, but she at least put 30 days on him. His training stopped after 30 days, but then I inquired about him as a polo pony, and she sent him back to the trainer so he'd be rideable when I came to check him out.
I flew to Oregon to meet him and was blown away by his personality. He was friendly, quiet, curious and willing... better behaved than most mares and some geldings I know. Not at all what you'd expect from a TB stallion who was being bred for years before he had a job. He also had the most comfortable gaits ever and knew how to carry a rider. Polo stallions (who both breed and play on the same field as mares) are, as you can imagine, pretty rare, and I knew I had found one. After a very thorough vetting and negotiations with the seller, he arrived to his new home in Los Angeles 3 weeks later.
He's now been in polo boot camp since around Christmas... probably a total of 3 months under saddle in his life. When I rode him, he already knew how to bend, transition and had a great whoa. He's now working on very tight turns and neck reining (we are riding him with both indirect and direct rein cues). My trainer and I take turns riding him, and he works in the arena with other horses (some of whom are mares and cycling, due to the recent southern Cal 2 week heat wave). He is unfazed by flying polo balls and the other horses galloping in all directions.
For now, all I have are some photos taken prior to his purchase. I enlisted the help of a fellow polo club member who is also a photographer to take proper confo shots over the weekend, so I will post more then.