To get out in nature with cantering and hill climbing was one of the steps to get Salut building muscles. With the closed world that Salut had behind him his new existence was full of unfamiliar experiences. He reacted strongly on other horses in movement and was in the beginning quite "stallion-like". A testosterone test proved that fortunately his castration was not the problem.
Before the first tour in the forest Salut was daily lead along pastures where lively horses were active. He gradually became accustomed to this and could then walk by carrying a rider without too much excitement. Bosse Slättsjö, who select horses for the Royal Horse Guard paid us a visit to see that everything proceeded well.
The dogs were no problem and seem rather to offer some confidence to Salut. In the paddock he is rather disengaged and boring but in the forest he is like a tiger: forward is the main thing and fallen trees are to be jumped over!