In winning over $360,000 Legend certainly has learned how to work hard and because of that he has a very professional work ethic in place. But don’t let him fool you. He really relies on his rider to give him confidence. Because he raced for several years, he is now out of his comfort zone and it will take belief and trust in his rider to help him transition to his new career and to make him a happy guy. Sometimes it takes the older horses a bit more time to connect to someone. In the walk out to turn out he will stick to you like glue, shoulder to shoulder, as we sneak past the water troughs and other suspicious items on the way to the paddock. It’s rather comical to watch a 1200 pound horse attempting to tiptoe along behind you. Same thing on his first ride around the farm. You can see in the video that he is unsure of what’s to come like the frogs jumping into the pond, but he continues on because it was asked of him. With more time and training under his belt all of the insecurities should disappear and I believe he will really enjoy riding out around the farm.
Legend has very nice conformation and when watching him work under saddle he looks like a classic Hunter. At the trot he will hold a pretty steady trot with his nose poked out in front of him in a long Hunter frame and at the canter he needs to be pushed to keep the canter rhythm moving forward. Because of that he is light in the bridle to ride. He has an old low bow, but he raced on it and is sound so he should be suitable for any discipline. He has no vices.
As an interesting side note, Legend ran against Icabad Crane in 2011 at Saratoga with Legend placing 2nd and Icabad placing 7th. Icabad Crane was voted the winner of the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Challenge at the Retired Racehorse Project event at Pimlico in October where Discreet Dancer also participated and placed 3rd.
His sire Mutakddim was the sire of 6 Champions and more than 100 Stakes winners. Seeking the Gold was a MGSW placing second in the 1988 Breeder’s Cup Classic behind Alysheba and at one point he stood at stud for $250,000. El Prado is the sire of Medaglia o’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Shiller just to name a few. Sadler’s Wells was the 14 time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland.