Update! I have now owned Cleave for 6 months. He has gained 375lbs and is bulking up beautifully. (ill post pics in a bit) He has recovered fully from his slaughter trailer days physically, but still has trouble trusting men. (specifically if they get close to me he gets upset or if any male is standing between us. lol) He has truly shown his colors and is a wonderful laid back jumper. Very very quick learner and amazing athlete. I am a truly lucky girl to get to be a part of his life. I still have found no traces of his lineage, but am saving up to get him an official DNA test from the AWF. He is a healthy, big, happy go lucky boy, and he loovveeessss his mommie. hahaha His favorite thing in the world is to lick me and "cuddle" (wrap his neck around me and hug me while licking my arm or cheek). I have taught him simple ground tricks (Bow, Stay, Here, Over There, Turn Around) and he loves doing them. His gait has grown amazing elasticity as he has bulked up his muscles and is a very powerful boy. Very gentle in hand and rides in a plain D-ring normally, at shows for more breaks we use a D-ring with a slow twist. He also likes to play with kittens we discovered. Lol! He is showing us what he can really do recently, we jumped him 4'3" and he didnt show any signs of strain. He can tell my twin and i apart, which i find funny because most people i know cannot. His favorite spot to be scratched is at the base of his ears or inside them. At one of my recent lessons we were working on combinations (one jump set right after the other). And we were doing a triple combination (three jumps set after another), the first was a 3'6" vertical then there was one stride, the next was a 3'11" oxer set 3'0" wide followed by 3 strides, then last jump was a 4'0" oxer set 3'3" wide... I approached the line... Cleave jumped the first... Then on touch down he tripped and fell to his knees in the ONE STRIDE between the 3'6" and 3'11" jump. All i saw was a white pole infront of my face, i let go of the reins thinking "oh gosh this is it...".... Then suddenly we were in the air again.... I had no reins, Cleaves legs were coated in dirt, there were skid marks behind us, yet SOMEHOW this amazing horse had FALLEN in a ONE STRIDE then picked himself up and CLEARED the 3'11" oxer!!!!! I had no reins still and was in shock so i just grabbed his mane on touch down and squeezed for my life with my legs, he cantered up with total composure and leapt easily over the 4'0" oxer..... Now now, i know i should have pulled him out of the line, but i couldnt, because i didnt have any reins. My gosh i wish i had it on video!! My trainer, twin, and best friend were all there to see it and we still dont know how he did it. Lol. So in conclusion, Cleave is the best horse i could ever hope for, and he will be my lifes companion as long as he lives. :) We have a horse show next week and he will be competing in his first ever High Adult classes with me. (1.10-1.15m) We dont anticipate any problems with height (obviously), but he gets distracted easy so we will see. Lol :) Theres an update!