Spider is such a sweetheart. He has perfect manners in the barn and watches with interest the whole time he's getting ready to work. He loves to wear his "big boy" clothes and opens his mouth wide for the bit when you hold it up for him. He's so adorable. I can stand directly in front of him and simply hold the bridle open and he takes the bit into his mouth. He LOVES it!
Yesterday, there were random sun spots in a corner that were very concerning to him. Unfortunately, his tendency was to want to spin around and go the other way. It was very hard for him to accept that he was allowed to run by the scary spot, but he couldn't turn and run from it. He became a little upset on the longe since I made it very clear that under no circumstances was he to turn around and had to go forward. Once he realized that his behavior wouldn't be tolerated he began to work by the scary sun spots. He'd race by them on occasion, but I could accept that response. He quickly calmed himself down and realized they were not that scary.
As you know, we've only sat on Spider a couple times. I brought him over to the mounting block and climbed aboard. He walked around the ring, by himself, learned to turn right and left, stop and go, and was perfect. He could even go to the scary places! He seems to gain confidence from a person on him. I suspected this would be the case since he likes to hide behind the other horses or a person if things are concerning to him. As long as someone tells him it's "OK," he's good to go. Being on his back, you can easily say "you'll be fine, I'm right here with you." He's so charming and will certainly make someone an unbelievable riding horse. It helps that he's huge and gorgeous!