So my 3 yo TWH gelding Baldur has been at the trainers since the beginning of may and has about thirty rides by the trainer. Since he is only three I told the trainer to go as slow as he needed and not push anything. When I went out to see him last weekend the trainer (John) let me ride Baldur a bit and have a mini lesson. He wants me to take an occasional spin on Baldur so that I can keep up on what has been learned and how he is teaching Baldur the cues so we don't go home clueless or with some type of unforeseen issue.
So I went to get on and Baldur was rock still during the mounting and while I fiddled with my stirrups. He is steering well and will back a bit. He has a very good stop, the minute I set deep in the saddle, pick up the reigns a bit, and use the W word he parks it and seems content to stay there.
John says it has been more like training a mule than a regular horse because Baldur doesn't do anything just because, he always has a clear reason and thinks everything through before he moves.
The thing I noticed most is that he has a HUGE stride. He is only about 14.2 at the moment but his stride was more the length I am used to on a 15.2+ hand horse. It just seemed to go on forever and it was so smooth my back didn't hurt me at all. (It was a big gamble raising a foal to ride as many horses gaited or not hurt my back) It's possible that Baldur will eventually hit 16 hands like his full sister and father and if he does his stride will be enormous.