But the ultimate winner is QUOTABLE.
I'm actually glad that I got to spend a little time with Quiz before locking in a show name. While he is big and elegant, he has a quietness to him that made some of the bigger, bolder names seem like a poor fit. So, Quotable it is. There are only a couple registered with USEF making it one of the more unique options we considered, and I like the simplicity. Also, much like Heir Apparent - I like that it hints at quality as opposed to declaring it.
Aside from the name, the first week of work has been a great one, and Quiz is exceeding expectations.
He is admittedly significantly more green than I was expecting. He lacks the strength to hold his balance for more than a few steps and his go to is to lock his poll and shove his head up into the sky, or curl waaaaaay too low.
But, he is also significantly smarter than I was expecting, and in the short span of a week he is already steadier in the bridle, more responsive to the aids and totally willing to work. I have to also give him credit that he appears to be totally Ammy-Proof. He hasn't spooked once, no offered any tension in his work. He's quiet and kind and follows you around like a puppy on the ground and tries desperately to understand under saddle.
I always thought that Windsor would be the most tolerant horse I ever had. And while Winds is kind, he is also totally willing to let you make a mistake and act like he couldn't possibly have known better and helped you out.
Quiz seems to really want to make it perfect for you, he can't always, but his heart seems really, really impossibly good.
On the flat it's been about getting him straight and soft. We're making progress. He has a hard time staying organized in the trot (there is a LOT of movement), but his canter seems to be pre-made, and omg you could ride it allllll daaaaay loooong. Love.
Tuesday he popped over a couple cross rails quite casually. He peeked at the flower box exactly once, then jumped it with a total lack of interest every time after.
Thursday I had my first real ride on him, and while I was exhausted from all the extra leg that he takes (Winds has made me soft), he was such a good egg. I ended by jumping a few cross rails, and OMG he's fun. His hind leg comes SO FAR under that you feel his stomp perfectly and the fences just show up. My main problem seems to be that I don't have a good sense of his gas and brake pedals, so my adjustments weren't always what I was going for - but silver lining- He doesn't care! I parked him a couple times and he just lumped over the fence and looped away.
I know our hopes and dreams change as we get older, so while I might not lust after a wild black stallion anymore, a tolerant gelding who doesn't care about mistakes makes my heart pitter patter.
We ended the weeks with another great hack and Quiz already feeling more responsive and consistent in the bridle. He is a GOOD BOY.
I'm' hoping to take him up to Thunderbird next week for a field trip. Not sure if he'll show, but I'm curious to see if he brings his same laissez-faire attitude to a big, busy facility like Thunderbird.