So I have Murray on trial for the month at my stables. He arrived on Tuesday night, and I seen him on Wednesday and today.
So far I have worked with him on the ground, leading him around and showing him the place. Then came the time to ride him on Wednesday. I used a Tom Thumb bit and a really heavy western saddle. Troubles with the bridling, but he did well.
Anyways, walked abit but not in a good working walk, then I tried to move him into a trot. He didn't like it. LOTS of cowkicks from him and myself kicking him to make him move. Susan was yelling at me, to yell at him and make him work. Later, I had to use a dressage whip. He didn't like that much either. More cowkicks, but I held on. Then, went for another working walk, little better, then tried the trot again and he went smoothly, with few cowkicks. He worked up a great sweat which I later walked him by hand and groomed and, he of course, rolled in the dirt later.
So Susan said to me, that it's great I have him for the month, It's better for me to have a understanding with him. And, to get over that "bump" in the way quicker to see how he reacts later on.
So, any ideas on what I can do with him on trial? I want to be able to ride him without Susan watching over (I had her watch to make sure nothing stupid happens) and without the cowkicks. He hasn't been ridden like that (and we only rode an hour) in over a year. More of a pet with few simple trail rides.
My plan is, if I do buy him in the end, I'd like to use him as a dressage horse, with some jumping and trails. Thanks everyone!