Okay, so I went home this weekend and got ambitious so I talked to my Dad about how long before I could ride John. We caught him up and checked his knees and hocks and they were closed. YAY!!!! I started riding him that day. I have now ridden him 3 times and just thought I would share some pix and video. These are from his first ride.
And these are from his third ride just yesterday before I had to come home.
This one kinda shows his size a little better.
And here is the first time I rode him bareback. (on the 3rd ride)
Here is the link to the one video. Before you start critiquing, he has a trot that is impossible to sit (saddle or bareback). The reason that I am not gripping with my legs is because I had my spurs on and I did not want to gut-hook him. He is still kinda learning how to go in a straight line and is reluctant to leave the sight of the barn but he is getting better. And don't laugh at the part where I nearly fall off and hurt myself LOL.
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