I have worked so hard to create a relationship of trust and respect and even if it was 'good for him', he did Not know it. I also have to admit, I did not see a significant difference in his level of swelling vs that of Kona's. So after a couple days of round penning him, with my heart in my throat, I just eased off. I made sure he got out, I made sure he moved for at least 10 minutes, and on Friday, I decided to at least have the work make a little sense - rather than just chasing him round and round in circles. I put a Western saddle on him.
Saturday he just got turned out as I was very busy teaching.
Today, we went to a horse show. We didn't compete of course, but it was just a way to see how he would handle being hauled someplace new and all the sights and sounds of a show. But first, he had to load into my 2 horse trailer. This meant going up a ramp. Would you be surprised if I told you it took 2 minutes to get him in? And he stood calmly while I went around back and closed everything up. I didn't have Anyone helping at all! He really IS that easy!
Since he was being SO calm, I decided I would try riding around the warm up ring a little. Tacking up was easy, and he stood still as I mounted. Then he walked through the parking lot and into the ring. He was unsure about the PA and tried to turn around, but not violently, just still 'steering challenged.
When we finally walked a full circuit of the ring, I called us winners and let it be the end of the day! This was the 10th time I had ever sat upon his back. Lots of people were impressed by him, and we did a Lot to promote the Tehachapi Mountain horse. I hope more people adopt them because we are showing people just how wonderful they are!