This might be long. Sorry.
Woot! I got to ride Lucky at my barn for the first time and overall I am pleased. My stirrups were too long so I couldn't manage to get the best seat but we are hole punching them tonight. He did not want to go past the gate and tried to turn around and go back once we did get past it. I had to correct him repeatedly for it. I hope he will eventually learn that we are simply not stopping at the gate every time he feels it!
Oh and his trot is awful. One of the bounciest I've sat. I don't have an english saddle yet but I may quickly become someone who posts in a western to spare us both the bouncing. He supposedly has a western trot which his previous owner showed me how to do but its still pretty jarring although not quite as bad.
There was a ton of stuff going on at the barn and he was mildly distracted by it but not spooky. I was able to focus his attention back on me.
He also free lunges which he did fine except he didn't want to turn and go the other way without me walking up and turning him around. I had practiced with him at his old barn and he did fine but his previous owner was right there. I was doing the hand signals she showed me. We will keep working on that. I may post another thread about how to get him to do it. He also stopped when my boyfriend tried it and wouldn't do anything but follow me around.
I think he might be a keeper but I'm going to reserve judgment for a few more rides :) thank you all for the advice
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