Otto’s fourth birthday just passed, and it’s hard to believe that the little sickly boy with the infected tooth who arrived at the end of 2021 is now such a solid (and healthy!) riding horse. Casey A, who has been spending the most time riding and working Otto over the last months delights in this guy’s softness and try, and has been enjoying the time they spend together, both on the ground and under saddle. She has really helped him blossom into the special partner he is today, clearly shown in the below video where she flags off of him at the walk, trot, and canter while he remains completely unbothered. Such a feat did not happen overnight — there was once a time when Otto flinched away from the flag, but those days are long over, and the nervous Otto of a year ago has been replaced by a gelding who is confident under saddle and easily talked out of trouble by his rider. One thing is for sure, Otto is one special little dude!