, thanks, good to know your gelding is a dancer without running ;) Corporal
, thanks, you're right — I definitely won't rush it. I don't think I'd consider him green as he's done lots with his former owners, but I'm
green, so it's obviously not a good idea to rush anything. Dreamcatcher
, very helpful! It hadn't occurred to me to make it my
situation so the horse trusts that he'll be safe.
, interesting about the anticipating-the-trail thing. He was mainly used for trails and hadn't really been ridden at all for a while when I got him, so it's possible he's anticipating doing something more interesting, haha.
Today I took him to the outdoor riding area (a dirt "ring" without a fence) and he did awesome! I lunged him first and made sure he didn't seem nervous or anything, and we were fine :) A couple of other people came out to lunge their jumpers, who don't get turnout and are a little wild when they haven't been worked, and Sam didn't react at all to them bucking and causing a scene ;) We were adjacent to the Scary Deer Spot, but not so much as a snort, so I'm hoping it's not a big deal.
It seems like he's getting better and better, and I think it has a lot to do with me, as you've all said. As I relax with him, he relaxes. After that yellow jacket incident (not much of an incident anyway), he's had them buzz around him again and didn't do more than stomp and swat.
I'll keep working with him both inside and outside for at least a few weeks before I think about trying the trails, but I am very optimistic :) So in general, THANK YOU! for all the advice and support. I think I've got a really great horse on my hands