Originally Posted by alltimelowx
I know it's going to take time but my only concern is that because he is 23, he is just going to be set in his ways :S
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I got my mare when she was 23 and she was bonkers! She had a rearing problem, would run off when I tried to get on as well as bucked and reared when I did manage to get on. And, on top of all that, she was ridiculously herd bound.
But, after a year and a half the light bulb suddenly seemed to come on in her head and she has been pretty well behaved since. No more rearing, no bucking, very little bolting, and I can now ride her out on trails, alone, and not have any worry about my ability to control her going out or coming back in. Now she's 25 and she's the easiest ride ever. She's finally what they would call "finished" and I can just get on and ride for fun, instead of having to train every step of the way.
Basically, I'm telling this story to show that behaviors they have at 23 and have had their whole lives can change! :) It might take a little longer than it would with a younger horse, but at the same time, it might not. Older horses generally don't want to tire themselves out completely fighting and usually they have had enough human experience to know that what they are doing isn't right, unlike younger horses who may have no idea.