He loaded fairly easily (he's easily bribed with cookies. "Nah I don't want to walk on that thing. Ohhhhh you have a cookie? Okay!" Then proceeded to paw and scream. He needs to work on his standing on the trailer skills. The pawing and screaming is annoying. Then while I was getting his stall ready there were sounds coming from the trailer that sounded like it was not going to be left in one piece. Am I making a case for the monster nickname yet?
He settled in fine. Friend next to him and a hay net full of hay and he was happy. I lunged him before getting on. That was uneventful until a pony came in the ring and he did his best Arabian stud impression. The pony wasn't impressed and eventually Luxxx went back to being a quiet baby Monster. I took him for a walk around the rings and once I felt confident he wasn't going to kill me I got on. He was good and unphased about people hacking around him. Since I ride alone at home this is something he isn't used to. He was completely unresponsive to my leg to the right (I later realized I failed to put my right spur on) and as usual I felt like I was working much harder that he was. If someone wanted to talk he was like "yay let's stand!" The consensus from friends was that he will make a nice hunter. That's better than "maybe he should do dressage" but hunter isn't what I bought him to be. No worries though, it's still to early to know what baby Monster wants to be.
Trainer N rode him both Friday and Saturday which gave me a chance to video and also see him from the ground.
Saturday was cold and very windy so I was rather proud of him. I also had to lunge him way out in this field on Saturday where we park the trailers. It's spooky for even the seasoned horses. I seriously had visions of him freaking out, getting away from me, and running down the nearby road. I had gloves on and a death grip on the lunge line.
Overall it was a good experience for him. He just needs time under saddle. As the days are getting longer that should happen soon.
On a side note, BOTH of my zippers blew out of my Dehner paddock boots. I may get them replaced or just buy new boots. I have used Dehners for probably 15 years and am considering something less expensive (they are $279). Other than Ariats, what do you recommend?