|Fancy pony video-still.|
I hitched him up the other day so my friends who have never seen a driving horse before could go out for a spin - they even drove him around for a bit and he was completely ace.
I find that he certainly needs a lot more work, especially in his transitions and keeping supple, but that will come with fitness and more training under his belt. I've noticed that he bulges during turns as well, so I have to really support him with my reins and keep him "between my legs" for lack of a better term. He does well with it all, and responds with minimal fuss - he does love to trot though and takes a bajillion half halts to get any kind of nice, steady trot out of him. I think the rushing at the trot has to do with the fact that he is green adn out of shape - it'll get better. He also likes to duck behind the vertical, but I find that he already has such a short neck to begin with that being round is already a difficult task for him. I'll have to find that happy medium for him between asking for too much and too little.
But, he sure is a lot of fun and there were many smiles to be had on this drive!