Next M laid him down. Yes. He got the giant baby to lay down. I have never seen this done before and wasn't sure if I was dying to watch or wanted to close my eyes. M is an old school cowboy and may not do things the way us English riding people do but he is magical with horses. He is calm, patient, and gentle and they trust him. So he got Luxxx down and it was a gentle "ok I am laying down." Not a flip the horse over or barbaric thing. It was crazy, Luxxx just laid down and stayed there calmly. I sat on him and we petted him and rubbed him all over. When it was time for him to get up he didn't want to. It was like he was totally content just chillin.
We got him up then practiced getting on and off him. He didn't care. Then M told me to get on. I got on and M led me around the round pen. I practiced steering, stopping, going, and even backing. I RODE LUXXX!!!! He was perfect. I am still on cloud 9.
Afterward I let Luxxx practice standing tied. We put a stick on him and he is exactly 16h. Goodness. He still has several years of growing!! While we socialized Luxxx stood patiently except for wanting the occasional pet and smooch. He is getting to know me and I feel like he is trusting me. He now nuzzles with me and looks for kisses. So cute!
I wish I had pictures or video to share but M is sort of your old school cowboy so he isn't into all that. Maybe next time...
Here's my throwback Thursday picture.
Yes I did own a hunter. This was a few years ago and I only kept him a year. It was fun doing some Eq stuff.