After some recent issues with bitless riding with Phoenix I switched him to a bit and he seems to be doing great in it.
Today he was definitely ready to go and just wanted to trot, so that's mostly what we did. I've also started refining the aids with him and he had a great schooling lesson today. The photo is from after the ride, normally he looks at the camera but he was pretty tired today. I'm going to try and get someone to come out and take photos of me riding or maybe get some video soon. (sorry the photo's not great, he is a very sleepy boy)
I'm really proud of his progress, since last year he's been brought back into work, lost over 250lbs and is really starting to use his back more and accept contact. Next year i'm hoping to take him to a schooling show if I can.
A while ago I posted about his wild run around the barn and the accident that followed. Not major by any standard, but he did get caught up and slice his chest open on some nails.
So the wound looked like this:
I thought it might need a stitch or two but managed to dr. It myself and now it looks like this:
The scab has mostly come off and the winter hair is growing over it. In the summer I bet he has two nice scars but at least it's healed okay. The round pen that caused his injury is being demolished as it is quite dangerous. So at least 1 good thing has come out of my horse getting hurt.