Starting the record keeping now. I have a notebook for Luka and I, separated into various sections. I plan to keep records on his feed, condition and training.
He and I have been riding on the trail together since February. Got him in January for free and his papers are now registered to me. So excited. He just turned 5 and is 14.3 hands and approx 800lbs.
We are working on getting familiar with crossing, jumping, choosing good footing, wildlife, tieing alone with horses coming and going, etc. I'm working at home on jogging off in a straight line on cue, being calm when strangers touch him and his worst thing-standing still when mounting...He is horrible at this one, but I can mount up like a pony express rider if need be, lol. But honestly, I've been working on this one each time we mount up. Get off, get on, get off, get on...I want to teach him to park out...I think it would help.
Now it's time to start the weekly training to get his body into shape. He's not bad, but could use a little more filling out along his hips and ribs. Although I think with the new feeding plan and workouts, he'll gain some more muscling and fat along those areas and look more filled in.
Here we are after a recent ride and a few pics of him hanging out with me in the back yard. Luka and I 4-2013.jpg Luka at Star C 5-18-13.jpg Luka trot 2- 5-13.jpg Luka run collected bckyrd 5-13.jpg Luka in backyard 5-13.jpg