Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sainte Genevieve, MO
• Horses: 0
INTIMIDATION Sets In. Help Please.
So I have my new draft (new to me), and this is day 2 with him. Today I went out and was able to catch him no problem. I brushed him, and sprayed him. Which was my entire purpose for catching him. Let him go and did same to my daughters pony.
So later this evening I thought I would get him out and walk around our property with him. I caught him no problem again, then was taking him out and a horse fly started messin with his face. He started getting agitated and was backing up---OBVIOUSLY because of of the horse fly. I was keeping composure and giving him room on a lead to back up and do his thing but all the time getting nervous that he would pull loose of me and take off. Then how would I get him? Made me nervous. Any suggestions on what I could be doing different. This is a 1800lb beauty that could drag me around town, so obviously if it came to it Id have to let go. Any suggestions?
Secondly-- When I got him out, I walked about 20 ft from the fenced area he was in and he started to pull on me to go his own direction. I know people say to do ground work and walk the area you will be riding. I kept getting the feeling like he wanted to take off running. We have not got this area fenced yet (working on saving up for it) so made me a bit nervous. If he starts to pull a different direction, should I yank on his halter to correct him?
Thirdly-- While I was out with him the Pony started going NUTS. He was trying to break out of the fence and head butting the gate. He was TICKED that he wasnt out too. My husband had to go hold the gate and then come hold Moose so I could take a lead rope and swing it by the pony to get him to back off. My husband is wanting his own horse, we were considering getting another one so we could take Lessons together....would that help the pony? I don't want to get in over my head either. I am fully capable of caring for the horses, bathing, grooming and all that. But handling is a work in process.
So then we called it a night and put Moose back. Everything was positive as far as nothing really bad happening and I wanted to leave it that way. Baby steps.
I know its been forever since I've rode and messed with the horses, and the pony was easy as pie. BUT now I have something 3 times the size of the pony. I want to do this all right. I can feel my own intimidation with him. I know that will get better with time. But anything you guys can help me with would be great.
My trainer that comes and teaches my daughter is supposed to come by next week....but that's 5 days from now. I don't want to just stop messing with him ---
Thanks for all your help!
Moose - Draft Cross (1/2 Belgian 1/2 Perch)
Midnight - Daughters Pony