I figured Jaxxon has gained enough weight that I can start working with him a bit more getting him used to stuff like a saddle, bridle, and a little weight on his back. I’m not rushing him or anything, since he’s still very young (well, the vet says he’s three or three and a half... I and my farrier both agree that he’s closer to two or two and a half...). He’s so small-ish and immature-ish looking that I’m just saying he’s two and a half and that’s it, lol.
Anyway, I got him out the other day and decided to see how he’d react to a saddle and bridle. He took the bit so easily, and, like all babies, he mouthed at it for quite a while. I waited until he quit mouthing the bit to put the saddleblanket and saddle on him.He was just fine for both the saddle and blanket on his back. He moved around a little when I tightened it, but not too much. Afterwards, I let him stand still and get used to it, then let him go and walk around with it on for a little while. He was fine.
I put him in the Lot to let him run around a bit and get used to the stirrups flapping and all. He walked, trotted, and cantered around and really seemed to be enjoying himself... He only crowhopped three times the first time he went from a trot to a canter and the stirrups hit his sides... after that, he was fine and was running around with no problems.
I let him run around for about fifteen to twenty minutes before catching him and taking him back up to the barn. There, I decided to see how he’d do with my weight in the stirrups, so I stood on one side and leaned over him... he was nervous at first, but calmed down very quickly, so I decided to try and sit in the saddle. He moved around a little, but calmed down when I started petting and talking to him.
I was only in the saddle on his back for about three minutes, tops... I’m not rushing his training. I’m in no hurry to train him, but he is old enough to start getting used to a saddle, bridle, and a little weight on his back for a few minutes at a time. He’s still too immature looking and acting to do much with saddle-breaking-wise, and it’s too hot to do much right now anyway.
Me and Him (either he makes me look like a giant or I make him look like a shorty, lol... he’s about 14.3 hands, I’m about 5”8 and am ‘all leg’... I did a string-test thing, and it said that his mature height should be about 15 or 15.1 hands, so hopefully he’ll grow...)Oh, and he’s so sweaty because the other horses started running around in the pasture and he got excited and started running around even more...