Hey Cajun! Saw your new baby's pics over on P & L... nice! Congratulations on your new gaited foal. =0)
You know, after a while... maybe a few minutes... one chick is just like another (no matter how cute Moodene dresses 'em LOL), but baby mammals... maybe 'cause they're rarer?... just give me the grins all over for days and days.
He's doing great. He is filling out really quick. I let him and the mare out into the barn hall to get a bit of exercise day before yesterday. He has a lot of high front end action and a really nice bob to his head. Here is a video. Most of it is cavorting around like all foals do but near the beginning you can see him rack the length of the hall. He is really going to be nice.
Oh, I wish I could watch that! But dial-up just isn't going to let me. =0(
Could you post a pic for me? I'll bet he's just a blast to watch, and dream about those gaits! How long do you like to wait before riding a youngster? We started light work at two, nothing to really stress the joints, just start getting them used to things.
We start handling from day one. He was introduced to the halter and lead rope today. We'll sit stuff on him and blanket him before long. Nothing with any weight, just to aclimate him to things being on him. I'll likely get on him after 2 but very little riding until he's 3 and his knees close up.
That sounds about like what we do... lots of messing with, and under saddle starts at two, just the basics, no stress. =0) Schooling more in quietness, acceptance than real performance, I guess you could say.
Is there a reason you think he might be other than chestnut colored?