I've had my trainer out to give me lessons on him. He does leg yield a bit (needs work), can w/t. We've cantered a couple times but just a few strides. He's still very green. When the trainer put up a dinky baby jump (to see how he would react) he didn't even glance at it and jumped over it nicely. He's fairly smooth but paddles. Personally, I think his paddling can be fixed with corrective trimming because what he has now is uneven and the angles are wrong. My trainer likes him under saddle though (people have commented, as has the trainer, that he's a pretty mover).
When I go into the little "sacrifice area" to get him, he doesn't necessarily want to be caught. He will start walking away. Last time I decided to scratch him so he can associate me with something pleasant. I scratched and rubbed his neck and withers. Almost immediately his ears went back, his tail swished, and he walked off. Less than a minute later I caught him and he was chipper. Ears forward, relaxed, etc. In the stall he is sweet.
When I brush a certain spot on both sides of his stomach, he pins his ears. He doesn't like it.
When I ride him he is good for a while; however, after trotting for 5-10 minutes straight he has mini fits. His ears will go back and his head lifts a bit. Sometimes he will either swish his tail or grind his teeth. When I jiggle the reins in response he stops and goes on for a bit longer then has another mini fit. Not sure if this is because he's uncomfortable, green, or what. Not really used to this.
He's mediocre at being bridled and unbridled. He lets you massage his lips and gums with your thumb but jerks away when the bit is near his mouth. When I try to unbridle him he jerks away so the bit hits his teeth. I try everything in my power to make both processes as gentle as possible but sometimes he makes it difficult. I know the last time he was floated was 2011 so maybe his teeth are bugging him.
So I keep jumping back and forth about getting him. I want a horse for jumping and he needs to have some work ethic to do it. Sometimes I feel like the horse hates me and other times not. I second guess a lot of things haha. Feel free to ask questions about him or whatever and ill answer to the best of my ability :)
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