Hi everyone...thanks so much for the feedback. I've finally decided on a name for my boy-Gideon. It just works with his blue eyes. I took him out for another ride.
He is definitely getting stronger. It's amazing how sure footed he is. We went places I would NEVER try to go with my QH but just just seems to tippy toe though it.
The second ride I was actually going with another stud and mare. I was VERY nervous and expected problems but both the boys behaved like gentlemen.
The third ride we took the mare out. Gideon did fantastic, but this mare who is a very expensive and highly trained barrel horse and usually very well behaved, was being...well marish. Little hussy kept calling to him and throwing her tail up. Tramp. But my Gideon just nayed back a bit and otherwise ignored her. I was proud.
I've started him on weight builder and a little beet pulp. He isn't so sure about the beet pulp and tries to throw it out of his bucket but eventually eats it. His ribs aren't showing anymore, if I can just get his hips and back to fill out more I'll be happy. Pictures to come soon...providing I can get him to quit rolling everytime I bathe him.
Right now you'd never guess he is a cremello he looks like a mudpie.