Punch is an old pro and his first ride was uneventful. I walked him around the ring in hand first and he didn’t look at anything. My hubby held him while I got up the first time but he stood perfect for that as well. His feet are ouchy (got his shoes pulled) so we just walked and did a little trot. I tested his brain, brakes and steering and all of them passed the test. We typically give them more time off to just be horses but his owner stressed he really likes a job and you can tell that is the case. He was happy and proud to be out to work.
I also worked with View today on the lunge line. His ground manners are already 100% better. He let me clip his nose and chin hairs today. I gave him a nice curry and he was polite about it. He was very curious about the jumps in the ring but not scared which I like. I am so eager to get on him but he needs shoes ASAP. It is to hard to ask these guys to work when they are protecting their feet. He is a real sweetie and loves his treats.