Everything is running SO smoothly with my new gelding and I. He is quickly gaining weight, he is successfully walking, trotting, and cantering (just started cantering 3 days ago) on a lunge line, will stand for an extended amount of time in cross ties and is a dream to catch out in pasture. He has no "battle wounds" after joining the herd last Saturday, and gets along with every horse he has come across.
As far as training, he's been a piece of cake since day one and have only had one difficult day, yesterday...we were doing our normal routine of lunging (walk, trot, canter) and while cantering he decided he wanted to come in and came towards me at a canter and I stood my ground and when I softly corrected him he stopped and stared at me like "seriously?" so I raised my hand with the line in it pointing in the direction where I wanted him to go and slightly raised my whip, since he was being stubborn, and clucked him on and he let out a buck and went cantering off. I have never seen him buck and it took me by surprise. If a little buck is the biggest of our problems at the moment, I think we're doing good! I'm feeling so accomplished, this has got to be the best feeling...
Totally off topic:
He is due for a hoof trimming and a teeth floating, both of which are overdue...I've been asking around for a good farrier and am being kind of picky since he has toed out feet. I don't want the farrier to try to correct them or take too much off and make him lame...I'm just a worry wart. He's my very first horse, although I've ridden my entire life, having to pick out and arrange for my own vet and farrier is all new and foreign to me. Do all farriers know how to trim toed out horses correctly or are they more difficult than the average hoof? I would assume they trim them the same way as the average horse, yes?