Bam's first ride can be described as nothing less than a success. He is unbelievably fun, easy, uncomplicated, and more broke than he probably should be....
 
 
Bam has been in preparation for his big first ride...he's been doing some lunging in side reins and also heading out being ponied on big trail rides with the reliable Oz. He's seemingly quiet (we have not cantered being ponied, well me and Oz have but Bam trots along with us like clockwork!) on the lunge Bam is basically voice command and I think that will make the transition to riding very easy. In side reins he needs a little work, but I do think that riding will help that whole concept better than just going on a lunge.

Anyway, long story short, he is very ready for that next step and I am so excited to take him there...
I am going to try and have someone taking photos and/or video along the way and post it for you guys. I think it's going to be rather uneventful but again, so excited! 

Until the weekend...
Bam December 2012
Getting ready for a nice December trail ride 
 
 
Bam has really changed since he first stepped off the trailer from the track. He is much more confident with himself, the herd of horses and with work. 

He has been doing some light lunging over ground poles and ponying on trails some, and I think it's helped him figure out his "job" and to start relaxing and just be a horse!

I may end up starting him under tack sooner over later, as I think he is just mentally ready for it. If you look at his track record, he wasn't even raced until he was four and now only 5 had six starts and no races since August. What happened prior to his first race, whether he was just left in a field or fussed with, we will never know, but I do think that despite the hard times he has seen, he was quick to get over them and fast to put trust in people at my farm and fit right in!

I will keep everyone updated and hopefully get a video rolling as he'll