Are you starting him under the saddle now? It's very nice to again see somebody responsible who gives the horse the time it needs to mature and fully understand what you want from him. Too often I see people starting a friesian when he's two years old, if not riding him normally at that age already. I recently saw a video of a girl riding a friesian colt on youtube. Not only he was 2 years old, but she rode him bareback. Apparently she thought that if she rides him without a saddle it won't do any harm, not realising it's even more dangerous for the horse's back than with a saddle on. Now I'm not saying you can't sit on a young (2 - 3 yrs) friesian for a few minutes from time to time to get him used to the feeling of having you on his back but riding around the arena like a "pro" (so that she could upload a video of her "riding a stallion") is just wrong. The sadest being the part that you can actually see from the way the horse acts this not just a one time thing but pretty much a routine for him. Just because people race thoroughbreds at the age of 2 doesn't mean you can do the same with a friesian that needs 5 - 7 years to mature and fully develop. Anyway... Good luck with your boy. At this age everything you do with him matters. It is very important to do things right. Everybody makes mistakes but the less you make the less troubles you have in the future. I'm kinda starting my guy too. He knows what tack and a human on his back is but that's about it. Never had proper (if any) training, nobody ever paid attention to teaching him any of the very basic things. My current trainer (who does so **** well with him, I can't believe the progress I see everytime I watch them work) thinks Max just somehow grew up grazing (or being closed in a stall...) without anybody desensitizng him, showing him what preassure is etc., then sombody just came with a saddle, threw it on him, waited until he gets tired of bucking around, hopped on his back and galloped into the woods... And that's how he was broken in and became a riding horse. And the second an accident happened, he got closed in his stall again until somebody bought him, hopped on him again and the history repeated. And that's how he ended up with me. I couldn't see him being locked away being called the "visious beast" while he had so much good in him nobody was really paiying attention to see. He's 10 years old and we're treating him as if he was young and knew nothing. What a preassure is, how to trot, how to turn, how to walk straight without him being all over the place, that a forward cue is not kicking and stopping cue is not pulling until you're holding into the bit. He doesn't have a clue what to do with himself let alone with the extra body on his back. After a few months of working with him I was able to make him do things people were telling me I'll never be able to do with such a crazy
horse. Needless to say he's far far away from being crazy, he's only just as crazy as the people handling him are. Once you know how to treat him you get him to do what you want him to by just looking at him. He is a horse with kinda special needs due to all the crappy things he's been through in those 10 years (when people didn't hate him, they just loved him the wrong way) but if you give him the extra time you always walk home smiling. I worked with him for half a year mainly from the ground (a work you could very well tell he hasn't experienced before, he was so surprised when he saw somebody trying to do things with him from the ground, he literaly gave me the "wait... I always thought humans were these weird creatures randomly jumping on and off my back just to freak me out, but this is kinda fun!" look) but then I slowly got to the point where trying to do more would be just risking making things even worse (I'm no pro or super experienced rider/horse behaviorist and never had problems with accepting that fact and actually I'll rather underestimate my powers than blow the relationship between me and my horse up) so we got an experienced trained to help us (and moved to a new barn, FINALLY) and you know, when I first saw the two of them working together, I wanted to cry. Max was everything you could ever hope him to be and nothing all the funny people always considered him to be. It's been two months since we moved (and a month since I got him the trainer) so we'll see how things develop. From everything he's done so far the trainer says Max should need a few months (3 - 4) of very basic training of just not expecting absolutely anything from him and then he should make a wonderful, willing and sensitive dressage horse (that's where we're aiming) I can start doing more advanced things with.
I'm sorry for such a long story but it's been so long since I wrote about his progress for the last time and though the people who were originally interested in it are probably not here anymore, I felt like updating on him anyway. I'm so proud of him. Seeing him shine like that puts me back on my own feet too. I don't have anybody else to tell so yeah... He's my sweetheart