One (plus) month progress report
Ryon's also made some new friends in our aisle and happily goes out with two other horses in the pasture. So far, no fights and no bites so it's looking promising. He also likes to cozy up to his stall neighbor, a little pony named Bo, but is still not as comfortable with the other horses around the barn.
My parents have come to visit him a few times and love him like a third child. My dad asked me the other day if Ryon feels cold in the winter time and my mom responded, "Why don't you ask him yourself?" They spoil him with apples and carrots, but it's okay. Grandparents are allowed to do that (ha!).
Other than that, he's progressing very bravely toward jump courses, much more so than I am. I am still apprehensive in riding him over them but he's shown me that he's just excited, willing, and just needs my trust and confidence. The next time I share a picture and update of him with you all, I hope it's one of a glossy-coated, healthy, fit boy who isn't scared of hay bales, moths, and flapping signs anymore.