I purchased my 1st horse, a 15h 8 year old appaloosa gelding, on 8/1/13. He was a very skinny underfed 5 year old when my instructor/trainer got him over 3 years ago. He has come a long way and is on 24/7 turnout but gets grain and hay in his stall. He is being boarded and getting more training for the next 2 months. The BO is my riding instructor. My DH takes riding lessons on him while I take lessons on Jazz, one of the lesson horses.
I go out 2 times a week groom him and take him out for a walk or for some exercise in the arena or round pen. Everyone spoiled him with treats and he is always looking for them. I never give him treats until he's ready to be turned back out into the pasture. The vet will be out to float his teeth, give vaccines and do a coggins test next week. He had his hoofs trimmed and was wormed on Tuesday of last week.
His name is Vegas and the reason why he's in training is because I want him ready to go on trail rides since that's basically all I'll be doing with him. The trainer took him on his 1st trail ride on Saturday and said he didn't spook at all. She's going to take him on a few more trail rides then have me ride him on the trails. I'll go on a couple of trail rides with her(the trainer) riding another horse while she ride Vegas.
Next month I'll be in training sessions with Vegas 3x per week. I requested this since I want to make sure I don't undo what she has done when I bring him home. The stable is less than 10 minutes from my house.
Here's Vegas trying to watch me while I take his picture.
Here's the 2 horse trailer I purchased over the weekend.