So, I led him around and he had NO problem. Then I got interrupted by the judge for the next day’s show stopping by to pick up her patterns. I pulled the saddle off, took care of business and then just resaddled Corey. Then I started to lunge him. Walking to the left was just fine. We reversed. Still all was good. Then he moved up to trot. Not sure if he was bothered by the restriction of the girth or if the saddle flaps startled him – or maybe he just didn’t like having the saddle on any longer. But that boy can BUCK. But he only did a few leaps, then settled for half a lap and then he squealed and bucked a few more times and that was it. He was over it.
All in all, he has exceeded all expectations and I am having fun! I am very serious about taking another one home from the lot when we go back for gelding day. Who would NOT want 2 of these guys!
We didn't spend a long time, but it was enough to start to show him that traveling around the ranch has its rewards. He also led down the barn aisle - which means over coming claustrophobia. And for the first time he went through the gate back into his stall without requiring any drive from behind. So, he is truely learning to lead.
Plans for next week include vaccines and worming. Starting to work on trailer loading, ground driving and maybe getting up in the saddle. Sounds like a lot, but look how far we have come in the first week!