DAX came to me last month after moving around a bit. He was thin. OK, he's still thin, but we're working on that!
I was in no hurry to ride him. I knew he had been started, so I just focused on getting his weight up and developing his focus in the round pen.
Since I had such little information on his past experiences, I just started him as if he had never been ridden. We worked in the round pen. We worked on the lunge. We worked in hand. We worked in the saddle.
The first time I rode him was perfectly uneventful. We walked around the round pen and his ears flopped.
Then, I rode him in the arena. We started incorporating trot work into our saddle time. And poles on the ground!
|Meeting his soon-to-be herd mates...|
Elevated poles are still a bit of a challenge... He clears is with the first foot, then kind of just drags it over with the second foot. He just stands there and watches it fall down underneath of us, then calmly walks over the carnage.
He offers 2 strides of canter...
Then realizes his mistake and goes right back to the trot without me having to do anything!!
|Cantering after 2-point practice.|
His brain is so good, in fact, that one of my less-experienced girlfriends was dying to ride him. She walked him around until she just couldn't sit in the saddle any longer!
|Green horse, green rider, intense supervision!|
I can't wait to show him the ropes and see what he has to offer in the future. What a blast babies are!