Gil is a coming four year old who now has a real job. We've spent some time in the round pen on ground and astride work. He's still a bit "jumpy" as the world is new to him. He's willing and forward. With that combination he'll do.
We work 4-5 days a week, 25-45 min. Per day. In the round pen we work at all gaits, concentrating on building fitness and working on form and transitions. Under saddle it's almost all at the walk as he learns to balance himself. Soon we'll add bending and flexing exercises to encourage suppleness.
Note that he stands dead still for mounting. At least he did for the photo shoot. In reality he is stock still about 80% of the time. When he moves he's corrected and we try again. I've not had to do that more than twice in any work period.
If all goes as planned he's my competition horse for 2013 and beyond!
Here are some photos:
Gil Getting Started Photos by Smile225 | Photobucket