My second date with Licorice was a trail ride. He was a star.
We only walked on the trails and when we came back we went into the arena and I did some basic flat work. Then we put out some ground poles and trotted over them.
He doesn't have any dressage training and gets a bit heavy on the bit, but he is easy and simple and he doesn't argue about anything.
He did try to eat grass when I led him back to his pasture, but nothing horrible.
He's also a talker. Whenever I would walk into the tack room, he would do this low nicker until I came out. Adorable!
I tried another horse. It was meh. Then another one that I was lined up to try sold before I got the chance.
My trainer told me that the really good, really broke horses usually don't go on the market. They're sold just like Licorice, by word of mouth. If Licorice went on the market, he'd sell in a hot minute for what they're asking for him.
Dressage Championships are happening this week and my trainers are busy with 9 horse and rider combos going. As soon as that's over, we will get busy marketing the pony and moving forward with Licorice.
Oh - and I can't remember who asked, but Tessa's other parentage is a Paint. Though it's her Great, Great, Grandfather so she's really more of a 7/8ths Arab. They just register them all as 1/2 Arabs if they have anything else in them.