To say that I'm proud of this little guy would be such an understatement. He's been here about a month, and while progress has been slow because of coordinating schedules, he's growing into a confident grown-up pony.
I backed him for the first time several weeks ago, but because Grayson was out of town and we were having trouble coordinating our schedules, I didn't get back on til earlier this week. In the time between the first and second rides we spent each day improving communication on the lunge line, free jumping over stuff on the lunge, and just getting to know each other better. This pony is freakishly athletic and has a JUMP in him. I have a feeling he's going to ride like a Ferrari, and he's definitely going to have what it takes to be an upper level horse. He's got enough attitude but also high rideability and trainability. He's smart and wants to figure out what I want from him. We are going to be going around in no time!
Joe is doing well too. He seems to be putting a bit of weight on, and although he's 1200lbs right now, I'd like to see him put on 200-300 more. Last week we did some chiropractic work, acupuncture, and I had his teeth done. I think it will go a long way in making sure he's comfortable and happy as he goes into full work. He's getting ridden 5 days a week, and while he still worries a bit, he gets better with every ride. He's starting to understand the difference between the right lead and left lead, and is having an easier time picking each up. Although he is sometimes tense, this is a horse that has proven himself to be willing and trustworthy. I think as our relationship develops he will be much more confident that he's capable of being successful in the things I'm asking of him. I'm looking forward to seeing where he is in a month and in six months.