Old Man Noah is in his mid-teens and was taken off the track at sometime between December of last year and late January of this year. He was allowed to recuperate (and was gelded...why a teenaged racehorse with no speed wasn't gelding beforehand is beyond me) for a month and a half, then was handed over to me for training to eventually be an Intermediate/advanced lesson horse. He'll ride out english, western, or bareback- and has begun some small crossrail work with a more experienced english trainer (my experience is almost only western) and I'm really pleased with how he's coming along. He began his new job a month or so ago, and is already fitting in really well. He's a bit on the lazy side though, so getting him to put some pep into his canter is rather hard xD
What I'm looking for is an idea from those of you who know more than me how he's looking as he progresses. Over-all muscle building, suggestions on how to get him looking even better...and of that stuff. He's come a LONG ways and can now round himself quite nicely, I'm really pleased with him. Still, I think its vital to get critique from you all too, to make sure I'm not being biased, or missing something important!
A month into his training: not really working on form yet, or head carriage, just letting him know that there's actually two gaits between the walk and the gallop, working on vices (he was in terrible shape when we got him. Wormy, overdue for a farrier, terrible at leading, wouldn't stand for vet/farrier/tacking, all of the good stuff) and just getting accoustumed to the western saddle.
Two and a half months into training: Lots of long and low work, some rounding, working on serpentines, lead changes, cantering steadily, etc) beginning to develope his topline a bit.
This morning: capable of staying round throughout his work, now working groundpoles, small verticles and crossrails, and added to our program.
(the first photo is just cute-factor ;P not critique.)