I have to admit, I have been impatiently waiting to start this pony’s training. He’s proven himself to be incredibly smart and willing to please, so I knew he’d be super easy to train.
He never screamed or got nervous when I took him away from the herd. He remained calm and curious throughout, only wanting to know what the next step was. Walk on a circle? Got it. Trot when you cluck? Got that too. It took him two tries to figure out Whoa.
I had the saddle at the pen from when I had Molly up there earlier, so I thought, why the heck not? Let’s see how it fits…
I slung it up there without even holding on to him. He just stood there, of course. That’s a 17” seat and it’s just a bit too large. Chunky Butt is also still growing! His butt is taller than his withers again. All the youngsters are going through growth spurts right now, but I didn’t think Maverick had another big spurt in him.
I cinched the girth up, but not too tight. Just tight enough to keep the saddle on if he decided to go crazy. He walked and trotted, stirrups clunking him in the side, and the saddle didn’t even phase him. After only a few minutes I had him stop, took off the saddle, brushed him down, then let him go back to the herd.
Next time we’ll see how he does with the bit in his mouth and maybe do some long lining.