Bisto pops the jump in the arena, clears the five bar gate (normally opened and closed for horses to enter and leave) and trots back to his stable.
We all look at each other.
Ollie shouts “Did you record that?” and then runs after Bisto.
I have to say, this colt is mighty sporty!
Leaving the arena and splashing through the mud back to the yard has turned Bisto’s white bandages the same colour as the rest of him. He is now all Bisto. Not such a good look for You Tube.
Having jumped out of the arena, Bisto clearly feels he has done enough.
I think he’ll just need to do a small planned jump and leave the arena with us rather than on his own and that will be his work for today.
However, he’s going to do a bit more and my job is now to be gate monitor as he is no longer heading for the herd (Justine and I in the middle) but trying to make a quick exit! And I am to wave a lunge whip, should Bisto dare to come close enough to the gate to escape.
This would not be so bad apart from Bisto is quite fearless and lunge whip waving has to be enthusiastic enough to make him stop and not leap out of the arena, but not enough to scare the living daylights out of him!
Each time he screeches to a halt just in front of me!
When he has done the jump he is supposed to jump and cantered to me, my job is to collect him back up and give him back to Ollie.
There must be a better way to film young horses, in fact any horses.
I wonder if Ollie has tried standing in the middle with a lunge whip with whoever is recording standing at the edge of the arena?
Getting a video of Bisto may not be as easy as originally thought. It could take a few weeks of loose schooling over small jumps.
That said, if you want an eventer, watch the footage of him leaving the arena: he makes the five bar gate look like a cavaletti!