Originally Posted by huntergrl
I have just purchased a horse that is 3.5 years old. He has some training, I've done some basic ground work and clinton anderson methods on headshyness. He learns really fast. He has been ridden before, however, not with a saddle.
I was in the same boat with my new horse, she was a 4 year old when I got her, and had only been riden 3 times when I got her. For her she had to get used to her balance point shifting when a riders weight was up there, I am around 200 lb. We did a ton of ground work, and then just walk trot transitions the turns were stumble points until she got used to me being up there.
I still do a lot of gound work with her, but now its for sideways and backing strait and pivot on the hind end stuff. Its good your guy learns fast, just be careful they learn a bad habbit really fast also when they are smart like that. Keep up the ground work, it can be fun if you use your imagination, and gets them used to you being in control of their feet.