Thanks everyone! I'm proud to call him mine :)
Originally Posted by Roadyy
How is his stamina now that he is getting a nutrition filled diet?
He's now very full of himself...he has a little too much energy! Definitely not the horse I met the day I went to look at him before buying him. He was very quiet, head hanging low didn't react to anything. His owner rode him, then I rode him and he did very good! Very eager to learn but had a little attitude...thought it was something I could work with on my own since I've been riding for 12 years and have experience with green horses...just not this green (he was just started under saddle). But with how he behaved on our first ride I thought it was something I was capable of finishing on my own with the help of an instructor. But once he started to feel better, he developed this attitude towards riding where you will have a few good rides and then the next day he will throw you off...then have a good ride again (he's not in pain/nothings pinching...I have a thread on that if you want to read about it, I don't want this thread to focus on his training). It can't be his food making him hot either, he's just getting oats and hay...he's just a green horse who doesn't want to be ridden and I don't blame him...he spent the first 12 years of his life in pasture with the occasional ride. So I'm looking for a trainer to send him to for a while to work out this annoying behavior. He's a total sweetheart on the ground though and is SUPER smart, I love him to death.
I've had people tell me the owner probably kept him thin to keep him quiet...which I'm starting to wonder myself. He was the only thin one on the property and I had a vet come out and he give him a clean bill of health before I brought him home (minus his weight...though there was nothing causing it besides lack of food). I assumed it was because he was the low man on the totem pole, but he doesn't really take crap from other horses...he's not submissive towards them but he's not very dominant, he just stands his ground and doesn't like others nipping at him out in pasture...I've seen him throw a couple kicks lol.
He's going to be a great horse once he's finished :)