Sorry I took so long to get back. My dad found a "free" donkey this weekend and I had to help him with it since I am the equine person in the family. I think he is sad I am taking eyore to my place soon and so wants his own donkey.
Unfortunately I'm not able to ride any of them at the moment. Baldur is going to training later in the year to be trained under saddle.
Thor's little story: Thor was sent a few years ago to someone who was recommended to me and he came back a nervous wreck and was injured, took six months to heal his withers/shoulder area. I grilled the guy after he called me to come take my "psycho horse" home. It seems that Thor was good at first but the longer the guy rode him the more resistant Thor got. He didn't want to be saddled or mounted and ridden and he got worse every day. He bucked the guy off one day and didn't want to be caught, the next day he bucked the guy off and charged him (completely out of character for this horse). When I got him home I could not touch his withers/shoulder area without him breaking out in a sweat and shaking. Every time someone moved he jumped and started shaking. His withers were very hot so I called the vet out and he thinks the guy used an ill fitting saddle and caused the soft tissue damage. Vet said he could probably be ridden now, but would need to be monitored for signs of pain very closely. For now he is just a pasture pet.
Well, Baldur was completely unimpressed with the tarp which is good I guess, he's not spooky at all. He walked on it, wore it, got it flapped at him. I decided to walk him down to the mailbox and see how he did on a "trail". We actually have a small real bridge on our property on the way to the mail box. He didn't bat an eye going over that, although going through the creek anywhere with more than a few inches of water met with a bit of resistance. No fits, just a very unhappy looking face and slow feet.
Cars seem to be something that he needs a bit of work with apparently. He does not seem scared of them, just gets exited and wants to race them. Never had a horse that did that before. I just started asking him to do some of the groundwork we had been doing previous and he got his attention back on me.
I have an old jump course behind the barn I can use the poles from for some of the exercises mentioned here. I will also be looking up trail patterns today.