He's not that butt high. We were facing downhill.
I rode Chrome in a saddle for the first time ever today!!!! A recap for any new readers: I bought Chrome at five months old and he's now just over three years old. I started riding him when he turned three, but only bareback so far. He's had ten rides total (counting today) and it's been two months since I last rode him (giving him a break over the summer because it's so hot and I want him to grow more). He did AWESOME!!!!!
Sometimes I just can't believe how laid back and accepting of things he is. He's braver than a lot of horses three times his age!! Even after a two month break and only nine rides I was able to get on him and ride him around in a thirty acre pasture in a bitless bridle! Okay, sorry I'm bragging (I think). I just can't help it. I love this horse. :D
I attribute our success to several things. Number one is breeding. Chrome is a Friesian/Arabian cross and both of his parents are very confident, level headed, sweet horses. Also, the great start his breeder gave him. When I bought him at five months old he walked right on our trailer with no hesitation. He knew how to lead, lift his hooves, stand tied, etc. And he's taken everything in stride since. I also think clicker training had a big part in our success because it has taught him to be confident in all situation, to explore his environment, think for himself and to trust me. Last, and probably the most important, is just hours and hours and hours of time spent with him. Taking him for walks, grooming him, taking pictures (hehehe), working on his hooves, clicker training, teaching him tricks, playing games together, desensitizing to everything I could find to play with, etc. A lot of work went into getting him where he is now, but the awesome part is it didn't even feel like work!!! Spending time with him and working with him is just so much fun. :D
Anyway, sorry I got all talkative. Here's what you probably care more about. Pictures!!!! Captions are below the pictures and you can click to enlarge the photos.
Excited (me) and ready to go (both of us). :D
Riding around the pasture.
Getting a treat for being brave. I LOVE the lips!
I was having fun. Can you tell? :D Chrome is so used to my antics he barely even notices lol.
Hugs for the best colt on the planet!
Chrome had fun too! Smiling for the camera is totally his favorite trick.
We had a fun ride! I hope you enjoyed the pictures and I look forward to your suggestions about the saddle (do you think I should keep riding in it or wait until I can get one specifically for him?). Thanks!