I picked Walter up from Maryland yesterday after work, and dropped him off at the barn last night. He is 10 years young, very cute, and a nice-looking bay gelding, just about 15.2 hands. A little small, but easy to work with, so if all goes well for the next two weeks I may have something to ride for the winter while Wanda is in recovery!
We had our first ride this morning, and it was a little exciting. He has two big flaws that drop him a few points:
1. He is VERY behind the leg. To where I've worn huge spurs and still had to accept a less-than-working trot.
2. He has learned from his previous riders. He will throw in a tiny hop, then slam on the brakes because he expects the rider to stop him so they can "adjust". I can tell that he isn't BAD about it, because I've been on those, and they drop their heads during that brake slam so you take a somersault over their ears. I'm too old for that :) Ole Walter at least puts his head up when he slams on the brakes so you have something to stop your momentum!
I have him for 14 days, so we'll see in the next week how much of an improvement a program will be for him. I expect him to shape up quite a bit, and he shows some definite potential as an intermediate Pony Club horse.. the move-up from pony to horse. He's not for complete beginners, which I am still on the hunt for (hint), but I don't think he is that complicated. I'm going to jump him tomorrow, so we'll see what happens from there!!
Here's a little video of the ride: