Originally Posted by vikki92
He's pretty good, the only thing he does that I don't like is, he will not come to you unless you have some feed but he loads lets you trim him feet I havnt tryed giving him a bath yet so don't know how he will act. I havnt gotten on him yet I think he's still to under weight for a saddle and weight to be put on him maybe another month and Ill start some light work.
Our TB won't come to us either without grain. LOL Thinks it's the food thing tho....they have been without so long, they aren't willing what IS there on the chance it may not be there again. Cy HATES baths. That has been lots of fun since for 4H we do have to bathe him to make him look his best. I've found that sponging works best and doesn't seem to bother him as much or a very, very slow intro to the running water. We have a sprayer that we usually use so we can turn off the water when not using but that was a huge mistake as Cy went nuts when the water hit him with any kind of pressure behind it.
If you have someone who is fairly light weight, they can start riding now. Soft ground only at a walk and trot for short periods. This will also help muscle develop as he puts weight back on. I have a fantastic trainer who is also a friend and he actually recommends light riding for that reason. It also helps form a bond with a rider in case he gets more high-strung as weight increases (we had that happen and had to send a horse back to the rescue (AndersonCorralRescue....FANTASTIC place! Go look at their website and read their story please!!) because the horse became way too much for my daughter to handle.