And here we had worked on trotting. My inner thigh muscles were sore from holding on the first time a couple of days ago but for this ride I was fine. I used the new saddle I bought for him two years ago. Very comfortable and my knees didn't hurt when I got off. Oh, yeah, getting up was accomplished without too much drama. He's so....big.....at least 16 hands, I will try to measure him next time I go. The round pen was ankle deep in mud but I found a lower place to have him stand so I could get up on him...by myself. This is a real accomplishment! Shopping has commenced for a mounting block. I think I would do ok if the ground was level and not deep in mud.
Jacques is doing very well and will be coming home this week for a little more getting the feel of him in our round pen, some rides around the property and then off to the trails!
I've waited a very long time for this.
Oh, by the way, that is him at about 6 months old in the little photo on the blog, if you want to see how adorable he was when I bought him.