Update from Sara Hall:
I have been riding my little buddy Dexter fairly consistently, 2–3 days a week, for the past 6 weeks or so. I am really starting to like this guy- he’s so friendly and sweet on the ground (always easy to catch, loves to have his face and ears rubbed). He is starting to come along quite nicely under saddle although we still have quite a ways to go. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to take some lessons with SAFE’s trainer and she has really helped me make some big strides with Dexter.
Each lesson we take a big leap forward and my goal is always try and keep that momentum going/not take any steps backwards until the next time Andrea is in town. We’ve progressed from a trot that was all over the place tempo wise, no stearing, and no left lead- to picking up the correct lead both directions, stearing both directions, and making mostly round circles both directions. Something really clicked with him last saturday and I was able to build on that throughout the week and even more-so with andrea today. Woohoo!
I really think Dexter would be the perfect “do anything” mount whether that was a 4‑H type home or just someone’s all around good-guy. He does need more miles and consistent handling- but it’s easy to like this guy.