This video shows Hermoso’s entire first ride.
First rides are all about the friendly game. You will see that I am gently guiding him, but more importantly, I am allowing him to move his feet. By allowing him to move, stop, and turn, he gets to feel the weight of a human and learn to balance with it on his back. I am also stroking him with my legs and hands, giving him time to get comfortable with my presence and movements, without restrictions on his motion or balance.
Once he is comfortable and relaxed about all of this, I will begin to provide more guiding and leadership.
Hermoso is a full brother to Rociada, who recently learned to hold her foot on the hoof stand.