Here’s an update from Kaya, who worked with Alder while Joel Conner was in town:

Alder learned a ton during this last clinic! I’m so lucky to be able to work with this smart, sweet gelding. We worked on freeing up his feet, roping, and saddling prep. Alder even wore a saddle two of the days, before developing a saddle sore that kept him saddle free the rest of the clinic. With this sore healed, I’m excited to keep working on saddling Alder and hopefully he can be ridden for the first time at the June clinic! Alder has a lot of try and really enjoys finding the right answer. He’s going to make a great riding horse! Right now, we’re working more on changing eyes and helping Alder pick up the correct lead when going to the left.