I don't have any pictures, but I had a great time with Scout today. We finally got around to doing some more ground driving. He wasn't doing too hot at first, but when I got my buggy whip and made him walk at a normal pace (instead of turtling along) he suddenly started paying attention and responding a lot better. Eventually I opened the round pen gate and took him out in the field so we could practice some straight lines. When we were done I was so tempted to saddle up and get on, he was being so good. But it's not time yet.
I'm in the process of trying to find a good padding option for Tonka. Strangely, he has perfect sweat patterns with the saddle we use, but the area behind his shoulder blades is atrophying and he's now starting to develop what feels like lumps of scar tissue on the bottom/back of his shoulder. I'm considering 3 different saddle pads. A custom Skito pad, a BioFit Classic Equine pad (it has great reviews but I'm not sure because I don't like my Classic Equine pad because of its poor quality fleece), and the Chris Cox pad. None are cheap but the Chris Cox one is REALLY expensive. My dad is giving me an awesome birthday present if that's what I end up getting. For now I have made my own shim by cutting up an old neoprene pad. We'll see how that works. I rode in it earlier with no additional padding, and it was good, but not perfect. I think I'm going to go out now and try it with a pad and see what happens.
Bella is still doing well although I can still feel heat in her right front foot.
I can't get my photos to load! I want to send a picture of Tonka to the people at Skito and find out what they recommend...