California Cruising aka Cruz made it to Ohio yesterday. He had a 4 day trip across the country with a couple of layovers and showed up hydrated and in about the same condition as when he left California.
So far he seems to have the most lovely temperament. Friendly, interested in people, nice ground manners, and comfortable with being touched anywhere . I played with him a little in hand(think 5 minutes) the morning he came in and did the same and gave him a hose off in the afternoon. I got the feeling he hasn’t had many baths but after a little squirming he stood pretty quietly. He just seems inexperienced but pretty low keyed, which of course might change after he recovers fully from that epic trip.
Today we got a more thorough grooming, had a couple of quick in hand sessions, and got some turnout time. I love how he sticks his head into the halter and follows my lead when he is uncertain about anything. He seems really physically immature for a just turned 3(last Saturday) so the plan is to do lots of groundwork and general handling this Fall, maybe sit on him for a little walk/trot inside if he seems ready, and then let him grow until Spring when we can get more serious about under saddle work and field trips.
So far, I just love him!