Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
When he's in the pasture, the head butting and cutting you off aren't happening, but when he's being worked or walked, or in a stressful situation, his nervous ticks come out and becomes a handful. If he's not pawing, he's shaking his head. If he' not shaking his head, he's cutting you off when moving. And if he's not moving, and you're not letting him paw, he rubs against you and pretty much head butts you.
We're working on them and so far he's been doing really well. We do ride him, and our trainer has mentioned many times, as you have stated before, farm pony, he's got a big heart and really likes to please.
Chance has really come a ways. I took him out last sunday, and he was remarkably calm until the end of practice when there was so much going on at once, and it was a bit too stressful for him. Things still spook him, but with the spooky things we have laying out, it doesn't take much until he gets over it.
As for experience with rescues... 4/6 of the festivals horses are rescues, however, Chance is the first that I've had to help rehabilitate. The others had already been worked with enough that they're not spooky or needing anything extra.