As much of a handful as Tilly is, Spider is that laid back. although he is cautious of all things new, he's very easy going and wants to please and form a partnership. He's willing to let any human take the lead and is happy to follow. Because of his cautious nature, I take things very slowly and step by step. Each new thing is carefully inspected and thought about and you can watch him think things through and decide when the time is right. He's adorable.
Spider is very big, so I am also taking things very slowly in order to preserve his legs and not make him lose his balance and confidence. Like Tilly, he's starting to learn lunging with a halter. Within a couple days, he was easily walking, trotting and halting on a large circle without any trouble. I began with the circle very small so I could demonstrate to him I wanted him on a circle around me. Initially, he was concerned, but as soon as he began to lick and chew, I let the circle grow bigger and bigger. It was also a new experience for me to have a young horse willing to quietly work in walk. Usually, the first couple of days seem like lessons in water skiing, but not with this boy.
I'll continue on in this fashion, mostly walking and halting, with trotting in between, changing directions regularly, for around 20 minutes. I'll add canter in the next day or two. He's getting his teeth floated and wolf teeth removed on Friday (Tilly's were done a couple months ago). Once his mouth is healed and comfortable, I'll add a bridle under the halter and a surcingle. It will be fun to keep updates on how the youngsters' training progresses with all of you. I don't work them every day as a 3-yr old, but Flagg will begin working 4-5 days each week, either under saddle or on the lunge. Both Liz and I will work him. At this point, only I will handle Tilly (for safety sake) and Spider (for his sake...he needs quiet consistency).