No boots today, barefoot only, checked feet and did a little rasping.. Most horses that are shod are not used to your handling their feet all the time. Dragoon was good, just takes awhile to get the foot, once I got it, no problem.
We saddled up and headed out, we mounted up directly this time, even with his buddy screaming in the pasture. No problem, Dragoon did not even answer back. One of the first things I noticed about this horse is that he has a great walk. His downhill walk is a almost a 5 hour 50 walk, really fast.:). Much faster then yesterday, at least it seemed like it, no GPS today so not for sure, but I was impressed.
We rode for at least an hour, mostly hills, had a nice long uphill cantor and trot and he did great. You can tell that he probably has not done much hills before, if any, so will take some time to get him legged up. He is still looking at stuff pretty carefully, but all in all I am very impressed. The fitness will come, he appears to be forward and eager to please. I have found that the more fit they become the more forward they are. But, you have to keep things interesting and not get them bored. Small but important point.