Thank you DressageQueen03, he is such a good boy and has just started working in an outline for me :)
Yes, I do agree he is very young, and I do not ask too much of him, these are tiny jumps but he has been free jumping for a couple of years now much previous to me owning him. I don't agree with making a young horse do lots of work but I have done all preparation I can in order to make sure I am not causing damage in the work I have done with him - he is also turning 5 in the next couple of months.
I am progressing him slowly and as a rider who hasn't done much myself - although I am competent - I do quiet, slow work with him which does not demand too much and yet allows him to burn off energy and enjoy himself.
Trust me, I know him well enough to know he enjoys his work, if he didn't it would be very clear to me.
I'd have to disagree with you on the statement that he has more muscle in the winter, Tinyliny, as he was all flab and jelly like in this time, he was not under regular work and he was in fact rather difficult to handle. He has now got a lot more muscle than previously, and has the most beautiful flowing paces you have ever seen.
I am really interested in progressing with him into areas such as dressage as his transitions are wonderful - all vocal - and I feel we have bonded well.
I am indeed taking my time and I hope you are not viewing me as a horse owner who is pushing their young animal too far - because I can ensure you I am not :)
Many thanks for taking your time to critique.