Okay, so I got to start my Percheron stud Big John this weekend. I caught him from the pasture and about 20 minutes later, I was riding around the pen. On the second ride, I took him to the country for a nice long trail ride and through town. On the third ride, I did all of that again and then rode him bareback for a while. I just wanted to share some pix because I am absolutely bursting with pride. It has been a very long time since I rode a draft and never one as big as him. He is a beautiful mover although his trot is impossible to sit because he is just tooo animated. I have to either post or stand in the saddle. Some of that will work itself out with more riding when he learns to relax and slow down some.
These are of his very first ride:
This is of the third ride just after coming back from the country.
This one kinda shows his size a little better. I can barely put my hand on his withers and I cannot touch the top of the crest of his neck unless his head is really down low.
I know that he looks a little swaybacked or downhill in this picture but he is not. It only looks that way because his neck is so big. He is still a stud and he is really fat too.
This is a pretty bad video, it was the first time to ride him bareback and I still had my spurs on so I was keeping my feet away from his side so I wouldn't gut-hook him and I nearly fell off because his trot is so hard to ride. He hasn't quite figured out all the mechanics of riding yet like giving to the bit the way I want and going in a straight line. I will try to get better video soon.