I'm getting really excited with Oakey this spring! Thanks to Mercedes' council, I can ride Oakey now! I got him September 10, 2007 and couldn't for the life of me get him to obey my commands.... I started successfully riding Oakey March 31st (2010). Since my saddle's cinch is getting in bad condition, I ride bareback.
3/31/10 – Rode for about 15 minutes in the pasture. Had next to no problems!
4/1/10 – Rode for a 30 minutes – 15 in the pasture, and 15 out in the hay field. Very few problems.
4/2/10 – didn't ride... =(
4/3/10 – Rode for a few minutes, but didn't really work too hard.
4/4/10 – Started out just walking, but brought Oakey up to a trot towards the end of the half hour (and boy do my legs hurt). Making good headway!