Painter has come such a long way since we stopped jumping him! He's still a pushy little snottles, but he almost never bolts sideways or "spooks" at nothing (while conveniently attempting to lose his rider). Just a few months ago, I would have had to be an idiot to ride him if he hadn't been ridden in 4 days, now he's great. My parents ride him twice a week, I ride him once and everyone agrees he's just a fun horse to ride. Not perfect, he's never be a show winner, but he's smooth, responsive, he bends and has great transitions. He's just starting to get his head set right too.
Yesterday was his first real ride outside since spring, and not a single spook. He of course had to try one *stick-his-head-out-and-bolt* but as soon as he realized I wasn't taking any of his crap he was fine, lol. He's such a snot! I even *gasp* cooled him out bareback! One month ago, I would have laughed in your face if you told me I could ever get on him bareback! He never flinched! I just kept my legs of his sides, and kept of his spine with my thighs and he was totally chill. I can't express what an incredible change that is from just a few months ago!
He's still a snot and always will be, but it'd be almost a shame if he wasn't. It's more then a little funny sometimes
It's really a shame he's got to go
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