Tealamutt, haha funny girl.
He does trailer well already, I haven't hauled him anywhere since I sold my trailer (haven't got a new one yet!) but last fall I took him to York Hills Horse Park (6 miles away) to pony out on trails several times. My riding instructor (who also trains) has offered to come out and start him on the surcingle and show me how to do it, so I had intended to take her up on that. I'll ask what other ideas she has for me and if there are things she could show/teach me. Of course finances are always tight, but I want to do everything right with Finn.
Thanks for the advice! You know I always put a lot of stock in what you have to say! I'm about 4 hours from Chicago, but if you feel like making the extra trip, I'd love to have you visit. No bringing trailers though, I'll chase you away again *lol*
MyBoyPuck - He actually does trailer well, though as mentioned above it's been several months since I took him anywhere, hope to soon get back into the swing of things! I don't longe him heavily or a lot, either on a 30 ft line or free longing in the round pen. It was more prep for getting into the ground driving, which is primarily what I do with him now. Despite what it sounds like I don't overwork him. I got him as a completely wild two month old and, since he is going to be so big, as soon as he was halter broke I wanted to really concentrate on getting him very responsive and willing while he was still small. From there we have just been going along a baby step at a time. I'm home all day so time with my horses isn't a problem. Thanks for the advice!