The group of Namgis barrel prospects that we sent to Kylie Ward are about six weeks into training and they are doing super! We asked Kylie for her impressions of them and this is what she said:
"Right now is when fundamentals are built, but with the prior breaking, these colts are ahead of the game. Each horse is different, but they are smart and catching on very quickly. Training is only part of this business - enjoying the horse you step on and seeing progress everyday is the best part. Their willingness to learn is remarkable."
"Furthermore, the journey has begun. In just a short period of time these horses are ready to haul and see the sights. As of now, I am exhibitioning each horse at a slow to medium pace, and allowing each individual to acquire their own feel of the pattern so that when adding speed, it will become natural."
"Namgis D 15 is no doubt a natural. A bit mature for his age, he already knows his job. I would like to say that his ability and talent is my favorite thing (which goes without saying is at the top) but his kind eye and eagerness to please is by far his greatest attribute."
"Namgis D 25 is a different kind of horse compared to Namgis D 15, in many ways. The major difference is his conformation. This little horse is more cow horse bred and naturally gathers himself for a turn. As a trainer, having a horse know where to put his/her feet only allows me to go on to the next step in training more quickly; consequently in his case, producing a naturally quick-footed barrel horse willing to give a 100 percent every time. "
"Each horse in training is learning at a different speed. But as it is, they are all learning astonishingly fast. I couldn't be happier with the progress!"