So. After moving for a bit, and moving back home, I've decided to attempt to work full time with Chance outside of the practices. This may have to wait till spring, or until I get a job, really, before I can live on the festival land once more where he is located.
Anywho. An idea has been tossed around about having him be a part of the festival itself as either a herald's mount, or part of our games on horseback. I've done some research since then, and have been watching some Clinton Anderson tv shows, and youtube videos that demonstrate the same method and have found some ideas to engrain the idea of standing still to him.
My question is, though... where to start?
I know he needs confidence building, but I believe that if once he respects me, gets out more, and relaxes, he will gain confidence that way. He does not like to stand still wven mounting, unless someone holds him, and I want to break him of that habit.
One thing I have encountered with working with him though, is he gets beligerent sometimes when disciplining. I don't know if this is a "me" problem or a "him" problem. It's likely a me problem, as I may be pecking. I think I will start by disengaging hind quarters and shoulder at first, and then move on to sending. Or should I do sending first and establish general respect and space before attempting that?
I also want to work on his flexing. I don't know how well he gives his head and I will have to see if it is something we need to work on.If it IS something we should put on our to do list, should I do that before doing any of the before mentioned excercises, or when exactly should I do them? My idea for the flexing isgetting into the routine of mounting, and flexing for 3-5 minutes before starting on our work.
Under saddle, I plan on teaching him to walk calmly. I know I myself must remain calm, but I am unsure how else to instill calmness. Should I do pattern work like weaving and circles to move his feet, and get him thinking, or just continue walking as if I do not feel him being nervous under saddle?
Another problem, which I think he got from previous owners, was you could hold something [doesn't matte what, be it a doll, stick, or crop] and he will instantly move faster. As if he is trying to run away from the item in your hand. You drop it, and he calms down. Not sure how to go about this yet, and may have to consult with my instuctor.