To start, mostly ugly.
Max had very little forward. Absolutely lethargic walk and trot, and some strange action with his neck the first ride I was on him. He had been ridden in a running martingale. Steered around seemingly fine in that on a basic level, but without any engine at all.
Without the martingale, yep, a bit more forward. That’s the Good. (And that’s a start.)
The Bad, is that there’s now very little control over him at all.
He can go from curling his neck completely under, avoiding all influence and basically doing what he wants. – To whipping his neck up, snatching with his head in the very next step.
Curled under like this there’s very little “feel” to him. We’re basically two different little lumps, bashing around. Trying my best not to touch him in the mouth uncomfortably, but he still does this.
Here and there he’s extremely cute! It will be fun to see where Max will be with some more work – I’m sure we can figure it out!