Praisielou, that last picture is a crack up. I love your Fjord. I've always wanted one for my kiddos. I've liked them since I was little.
I took my greenie for his schooling ride today. He was actually doing really really good last year, and I started him on barrels last summer and then we had a fire in the fall and I lost all my tack, and my equine crew didn't get near the attention they needed to keep them from spoiling over the winter. My finished horses didn't take long to bring around again this spring but the one I started under saddle last year (he was actually between 8-9 but an abuse case so scared to death of the saddle and quite the bronc) he kind of fell back to his old bucky ways after about 5 months off. So now that I have a saddle again and the new barn is just about finished, I'm back to riding several days a week and my greenie needs it at least every other day to every three days. So anyway, he got his work out despite hitting almost 100 this afternoon. I took it slow. Never took him past a trot and only worked him on what I call my arena spot that my hubby tills for me to run barrels on. Worked on lead changes and and correct head set. Lots of circles and half halts and back ups. He really is a good boy and wants to try hard. He's just super cautious and it has taken him over two years to truly trust people. We'll get there again with the riding.
Here's a recent picture of him. Saddles 003.jpg