Z has adapted very well to his new home. Our old mare Jesse loves him and old Billy likes any and all. After a few days of limited pasture time, Z is out all night with his new buddies and in his stall during the day, out of the flies.
I rode him once and then a few days ago I got my cart pieces out of the shed, put them together, replaced two floor boards, and hitched Z three days ago. Ten steps out of the barn the whiffletree broke (had a patch of dry rot). So I made a new one and today I drove him in the paddock. He was very good. He responds well to the bit and voice commands, He never paced, only trotted. The ground is soft, the cart heavier than a sulky, and I think he naturally goes into a trot pulling against resistance. I love the way he drops his head to accept the bridle.
Thanks so much for rescuing him.