I've learned a lot about Tex; about what makes him tick; what motivates him; and what worries him. Tex has been very open and honest with me -- and I've tried to provide the same to him.
I'm not in a hurry to do anything more than walk around on a relaxed rein. I'm not big on trail rides (I get bored, and tired, and sore -- an hour or so is great; beyond that I'm done) so, while I'm sure we will do some of that, it isn't going to ever be our primary focus. We can wander all over the property, under trees, and across streams. We both like that. And we can do easy, successful work in the arena.
In terms of riding goals with Tex, my secret dream is to ride him bareback. He has a nice broad back and I love the connection I feel with a horse when I'm riding bareback. It's how I learned to ride, and how I rode most of the time until I was an adult; its a happy place for me. I used to ride Jackson bareback -- I even rode Auke that way, at times. Lucy... probably not. She's narrow and wouldn't be comfortable -- and she is soooooo sensitive and reactive. I don't think either of us would be very relaxed and, to me, bareback is all about relaxation.