So today was AWESOME! Started off with some tyeing, and I don't think I heard him paw, dig, or otherwise throw a fit even once! He was a tad dancy during grooming, but it gave us a good few opportunities to teach him 'over' which he learned very fast. After that I showed off some of his minimal learning (and most of his personality) to my mom by working him in the round pen. It was a tad slick and he's too smart to do too much, though I did get a short canter out of him, and got him to go from a walk to a trot to a canter, and back down again. There were some difficulties between transactions and dirrection, but he got it after a while. I also worked on his backing up and leading a bit, and he did well at both. (Still a bit fast being led and tends to overstep you. Correcting this by making him back up when he does this and he caught on quickly that so long as he doesn't overstep, he won't go back, and, if he does overstep he steps back on his own). Also, I'm short and while trimming up his bridle path I stood on a step ladder that popped loudly because of my weight, and he twitched all over, but otherwise didn't spook. He's turning out to be even more laid back than I thought! I think that the few times his last owner tried to have him 'broke' it was too much too fast. He still shies A LOT if you go to put something on his back. I know one time that the idiot who 'tried' treated him like a bronch...and story has it that he proved to BE one!
Anyway, long post aside...here are some lovely pictures of him in the round pen! He seems to lean inward alot, but I'm happy to see a soft eye on him and his ear turned towards me. ^_^
The last picture is of him and my mom, who fell into even more love with him after watching him worked for the first 'real' time. (more than just a circle or two on a lead rope) Also realized with all the pictures I took of him and my mom...he LOVES sticking his tongue out lol, AND, he's a ham...I said "Say cheese!" and EVERY time he'd perk his ears if I said it lol. Cracked me up.