Mr. Buddy is doing great as in putting on weight and in being very happy to be home. A sad side note is that the Muleshoe (name of town) Vet Clinic burned to the ground Sunday night. They will continue in business. I have watched carefully how he eats and intend to take him back up in the spring for a worming, he just HATES it and to have his teeth checked again.
As for bridling, we have had hideous weather; one nice and then wind, wind, cold, etc. Course the terrible wind a week ago and then the wind with freezing drizzle and then 8 inches of snow that did nothing for manes!
From here on intend to refer to my second trainer as the roper trainer because cowboy trainer has such a negative connotation. That man did wonders, in spades, for teaching this horse that it does not matter if you don't like something, if the human says do it, it is DO IT. And there is no anger, no pouting. Case in point: his mane was horrid with wind knots so have been slowly for the last 3 days quietly standing beside him and twirling, slowly undoing the knots, like with a jewelry chain, while he eats his grain standing free, no halter. And no problem!
His breeder had always used cross ties for grooming, picking feet, etc and so Mr Buddy had never learned to just stand with no head confinement. He needed to learn and did.