He just turned 7 on the 25th. He's a very timid boy, but ... for the first time in a long time, he stuck around and watched me ride my best trained horse - just wanted an easy ride that eve. (usually just sees groundwork on colts, driving, and once they're started well - don't want him seeing any colts getting silly yet) and we did some transitions & side passes, turn on the haunches, etc... he LOVED it. He got excited every time we'd do something else for him to watch and started jumping up asking 'what was that! what was that! I want to do THAT!!' lol. Says he wants to lope on her now. BIG switch from a shetland to my biggest QH lol. I told him he needs to be a little taller first. :P
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