kimberly wrote:I'm also worried if i get him to where he's going pretty good is he a safe horse to sell?
I jsut heard that his breeding can sometime be a handfull so now I'm even more worried about this bugger we paid good money for him, and we don't want to through it way, but chez well he ever come down to where not everything is going to eat me!
Where are you located?? I might be able to help you out if you are fairly close by.
Biggest thing is trust with horses. And it sounds like your horses trust has been broken, maybe at the track or something like that.
Big big big thing that can help. Take him for walks (leading), show him new things, and soothe him. Gain his trust from the ground, don't just get up there, and let him be worried.
Work with trust first in the round pen. Show him new things gradually, soothing him, and praising him for being calm. When ever you get on him, turn his head on the right side towards you, and stroke his eye, repeat on the left side. If he won't stand still to mount, or moves the minute your butt hits the saddle, tie him up to mount. Wait until he is standing perfectly still, and get off and untie him. Re-mount, and if he won't stand still, tie him and repeat until he will stand still.
Trust, trust trust. If he is nervous, or uncomfortable, he rely's on you to be his safety. If he doesn't trust you, he will almost ignore you when scared as if "you won't help him anyways".
Calm him constantly on your walks (in hand) around the neighbourhood. Pet him, talk soothingly, and if nervous, stroke his eye and remind him you will keep him safe. As you go along, have him fully tacked for your walks.
If you are interested in some help, feel free to PM me.
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