I have two rides with Gus under the belt and I am so so happy with him! He’s got such a good head on his shoulders. Both days it has been super windy and tractors have been running, he didn’t bat an eye at anything.
That’s not to say he’s perfect. He has all the typical green sport horse and fresh off the track racehorse stuff you can expect. For example, he doesn’t really understand how to turn so circles are just about the whole arena. And he’s not really a fan of any sort of contact on the rein (which doesn’t help when I’m trying to get him to turn). Yesterday we just wandered around, walk, trot, cantered and called it a day. Today I actually started putting him to work. My big things were working on turning, working on balancing in the corners, and transitions.
Gus has the most wonderful canter. I thought Dandy’s was nice but this blows it out of the water. The smoothest thing I’ve ever ridden. And Gus was so so much better at the canter than the trot. It was so nice and it felt so good that my dreams entertained the idea of going over the little vertical that was set up. But I’d never actually do that. We need to work up to that. We did trot over some poles though!
Afterwards Gus and I took a little walk around the property and went back to the river.
And then he got to go back to his paddock and back to his buddy Khanner. They are bros.
I’m thinking tomorrow that I might actually try to take a little hack around the property or the trails. Gus is being so chill and so good and I think it might be a nice change of pace for him. We’ll see how he’s doing I suppose when I get on.