Originally Posted by DimSum
Hi folks, I'm hoping someone might be able to help me out. I bought my non-horsey hubby an 8 year old Friesian/morgan cross gelding that was used as half a carriage team and shown under cart. I've had him for only a few weeks.
The gelding has adapted well and has a wonderful sweet disposition. As far as retraining, I am finding some strange "quirks" that I think may be a holdover from driving. I know nothing about driving and am hoping someone who does might post up here.
When I lunge him to the right, he is his usual calm self. I just walk up, turn him to the right and cluck-he stays on the circle with no problem. However, when I try and go to the left, I.e. I approach him and try to get along his left side he looses his mind and backs up and blows. I mean he flips his head up, quakes and motors backwards all the while keeping his head in line with my body. The first few times...wow he was just a mess. Acted like I was going to kill him if he didn't back up.
Before anyone asks, his vision is fine according to the vet
. In the past few weeks I have gotten him to calm down and am now able to rub the lunge line and the whip on his left side, then I can motion him out though he still blows and takes off doing his huge earth shattering trot for a few minutes until he settles down.
Could it be that the former owner-whom I can't contact-had some sort of "back up" command? I mean this guy who'd rather sleep than work just about levitates himself back in a straight line.
Oh, and this only happens when he is hooked to a lunge line, never on a normal lead line or when he is bridled which is why I wonder if it is some sort of command rather than a training issue.
its a strange one possabley your horse has been beaten and is very aprehensive on the rein you said you have problems on.
The best bet is to walk beside your new horse lunge him first on the good rein and have some treats with you so you can walk with him on the other.
Talk to him and when he is going right give him some slack so he feels comftable around you.
Wean him gentley on that side with titbits and talking to him to build his confedence and in time you shall see results.
Ask if the other horse was put down near him or it could be the loss of the other that mite have caused the problem.
With tricky he was with tammy all the step of the way and saw her go and that helped him.
I think haveing a horse stuck pineing in a field prelongs the process.
The best way win your horse over and go to his levle then bring him up to yours and youll have a great driveing horse.