Awww thanks guys!! He's the kind of horse little girls day dream about... you know the image of reading a good book, laying on your horse's back while he grazes loose in some meadow? That's totally him. You can lay on him and snuggle loose in the pasture during meal time, herd all around you and he'll take care of you (course, it does help that I have The Voice of Reason among all the other horses, lol!). He's just awesome.
Calf-kneed! Yes... I knew this. Never saw the sickled hocks. Feet are due for a trim and she does not tuck the toe in on the fronts as aggressively as I'd like.
Chuckled about the long back comments. I spent a good while searching high and low for a short enough pad to go under my shorty 24" saddle. Found a 28" pad that does not interfere with his hip, finally! I'm even resisting a coloured show pad to lay over my working pad cause I hate how huge they all are! 34" is ridiculous. I do see some horses with these things looking like quarter sheets when they enter the ring. I refuse to do it in my little backyard shows!
You have to wear monster spurs when you ride Maximus or he makes you work WAY harder than himself. Have a spur and you barely have to touch him. Don't and you flap like a chicken up top.
Interestingly, I did have one of my better wrecks on this horse. He spun out of the ditch in a startle and inertia dropped me onto the frozen gravel road, breaking a rib. Very telling to me though that I had not a SECOND of hesitation climbing back on him, in English gear, no less just as soon as I could. It was a freak accident that any horse would have reacted much more violently to and any rider would have had a hard time sitting. In fact, if I hadn't tried so hard to hang on and turn it into a "training moment", I may have just landed in said soft ditch!
Did I mention that we're both ridiculously stubborn? You have to be to 'win' anything with this boy. It's just his way. And I know the hubby is happy to have me working out so much of that
side of my personality out on someone other than him!