The TB in him was apparent in his "go" button, his heart, his conformation, and his stamina. But he has a Quarter Horse brain. Calm, cool, collected and smart. He liked to study new things. He rarely spooked. I ended up selling the Friesian and going with Jackson for both trail and dressage. I'd rather have "fun" and "try" instead of "talent" and "make me."
We learned a lot together. He went from skinny and scared...
...to muscled and straight.
We had a blast. He made me laugh and that's the best.
Unfortunately, the wonderful partnership we had under saddle was short lived. Jackson has a great brain, a huge heart, and crappy feet. He couldn't tolerate regular work. He developed concussion laminitis in 2011 which then became chronic and I had to retire him that year at the tender age of eight. In 2017, he was diagnosed with Cushings. He lived out his days here on our ranch until the complications of Cushings were too much to bear. I let him go across that rainbow bridge in February of 2018.