Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Jacksonville, FL
• Horses: 0
Good for you, Nordic. Those elder schoolies can be the best teachers!
I used to lesson on an App/Arab cross (look up stubborn and opinionated in the dictionary - there he is). Tacking up for a lesson one day, comes time to put the bridle on, and he clamped his jaws shut and just dared me to do something about it. I tried everything I knew, thumb in the back of the jaw, you name it. Even got help from another rider - tag team if you will. He just stood there with his mouth clamped shut. In finally got a piece of carrot and held it with the bit. I could see the wheels spinning - how to grab the carrot without taking the bit.........he caved.
There was nothing wrong with him, teeth or otherwise - he just liked testing the noobs. Same thing with picking his feet - I had gotten used to the nice horses that just picked up their feet when asked - lean on the shoulder a little and pinch the chestnut if necessary. He would lean back into me! Finally, we worked out a system: for every foot, a piece of carrot. Eventually, we got to 1 carrot for all four. He taught me patience and creative thinking!!
Nordic, I am quite sure the horse you a riding does enjoy the extra grooming and conversation you give him. Horses are social animals and we get to be part of the herd at times. And I am also sure he does know you because you are pleasurable to be around. Every horse you come in contact with has something to teach - it's up to us to figure out the lesson.
I know exactly what you mean about the teens. They are fearless! I use the ones at my barn too!
I really enjoy reading your posts. Please keep writing about your progress!