The ghost has been gaining weight steadily...he was really thin when he got here, probably lot thinner than even I realized., because now that he is gaining, you realize how much he does need to fill in that big frame of a body !!
Well, I did it. I rode the boy today. It took some padding to do it, but my saddle fit him pretty good. I have ordered several pads from Dover so hopefully they will be here on Monday.
This horse knows a lot of stuff......my bet is he was once an upper level dressage horse, all kidding aside. I just used a plain old snaffle bit. He is extremely sensitive, very responsive to leg aids so this tells me he has NOT been hot dogged around, or used at a riding camp or rental barn. He has very good manners, on the ground and in the saddle. He listens to me very carefully. He is still a touch nervous but in a good way....he is just waiting for me to ask him to do something and he wants to be able to respond immediately. !! He bends very well in the corners, tracks up nicely, backs, half passes and turns on the forehand. I didn't ask him to do much more than that at the moment as I didn't want to overwhelm him at all.
We only trotted around the arena a little bit, like 10 mins.....I didn't want to stress him too much. I felt he was very fearful when I first went to mount up, he got nervous, but after I rode him a bit, he totally relaxed and was ok.