I am happy to share with you that I rode baby Luxxx this past weekend and lived!!! I have not been on him in 4 weeks. 4 weeks!!! I was nervous, did lots of begging to baby pony not to kill me, ensured husband had paid my life insurance policy, etc. Then I lunged him. After he looked good and tired I got on. He only did one little spook/scoot but was otherwise pretty good. I had to remind him what steering was and that he wasn't a giraffe. We even cantered a little. I still put the buck strap on him (it's essentially like the neck strap on a martingale) so if he does buck or act silly I can grab that versus his mouth. No shenanigans from him though!
I got on again on Monday since I had off from work. Again he was great. He picked right back up turning, steering, bending, and leg yielding. By the end of the ride he was actually stretching into the bridle. His canter is A-mazing!
I am hoping to keep him back in work as I have found when he is not working I want to kill him. He becomes Luxifer. Rears when coming in from his paddock, pulls up his stall mats, invades your personal space so bad it's almost dangerous to walk in his stall when he's in it. So I have to do what I can to keep Luxifer at bay.