Okay, so I got the urge to challenge myself today and went out for a ride on Denny. It was the first time that he had been ridden in over a year and the first time I used a saddle and bit in more than 2 years. I had kinda forgotten what a bear he could be to ride. He is extremely hypersensitive to every cue (he has always been that way. I think it is because of the abuse when he was a colt) and pretty hot. Him being hot is my fault because I was young when I trained him and was more concerned with speed than anything else. Other than being horribly fat and out of shape, I think he still looks pretty good under saddle. I just wish that he traveled a little smoother. He will beat me to death at a long trot or lope.
Without further ado.
Lovely picture of his big old butt.
In this picture, he was walking toward me so I was walking backward trying to keep him in the picture.
After the ride. He was so fat that even a little bit of a "leisurely" ride made him all kinds of sweaty. Of course, I had to do quite a bit of correcting so that he would walk instead of jig. Lots and lots and lots of one rein stops and tiny circles.