I can't believe it has already been 1 month! Choco's progress is much faster than I expected. He is getting his basic maneuvers down and now we are working on different tricks for the finals if we make it that far. In the finals you can use music so I've been listening to some pretty crazy songs. We've been working on our different strengths and weaknesses to figure out what kind of routine is best for both of us. In the finals we will have 4 minutes to show of what we do best. My goal is to show that he is quiet, trusting, attentive, willing, and athletic.
A lot of people have asked if I am riding him. The answer is no; you don't break a horse to saddle until they are 2 or 3. But I am doing some exercises that will help him get used to having some weight on his back.
Before and after.
Here is a drawing I did with my graphics tablet in Adobe Photoshop.