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Just to confirm I thought I'd add a few photos. The two girls looking on and rambo the ram.
Bugs reacted to the tarp o the ground so a little work getting him used to it. Then the ride. I lead him down the road to begin with get him used to cars Two went past and very little reaction so on we walked.
I walked him for a couple of miles throught he paddocks and forest before I felt I had enough control to ride. He was taking notice of every thing and ready to react. I rode him towards the beach and up the hill where I took the photo over looking. Lead him down the sand dune and spent 30 minutes allowing him to investigate. Dose not like the tast of sand.
I rode him all the way home some issues shying at the horse eating sparrow and the such like but he calmed down very quick. Home was up hill, half way through the steepest part in the forest he decided it was easer to go down hill. We argued, I won. A small ditch with soft mud he would not go through so I did the unthinkable and dismounted and lead him. He jumped it. That's a no no in treking. Ill have to go back to that one and make him walk through it. The reason it is a no no to jump, is if the far bank is soft he sink his front legs deep in the soft soil and may break them with the momentum of the jump. Trek horse walk.
I lot of training required before he is good for treking but he was listening to me. And the plus, he walked out on his own
, Just bugs and me, no older experenced horse for him to follow and learn from. So I do feel very good about him. It can only get better with the odd back steep now and again. One problem I have is, he has a short back and I feel my saddle is to far forward for him. I won't mention that to she who must be obeyed. To think a new saddle may be required would not put me on the top of her most favoured list.
It was a great day for horse and me.