I have a brag that, for me is very satisfying!
Just a week ago I had a friend ask me to help her with her young horse that was bad in traffic. I had helped her back the horse and he was fine with all vehicles then.
First day I was walking alongside her for about 500 yards to a friends farm to walk him around a stationary tractor and a couple of big wagons. I honestly thought she was going to be sick she was so afraid and begging and pleading for me to ride him. I refused telling her she had created the problem so she had to make it good.
I felt quite mean as I had to get really tough on her but, I knew that had I ridden the horse he would be no problem and when she got back on him he would be bad because she expected it.
All went well and she even rode him back up the long way alongside the ATV. She was so worried that any vehicle approaching she was so tense the horse was bound to react.
A few days on and I was ponying her from one of the horses here. The young horse is fresh because he is bored out of his mind with arena work and being turned out on his own or, shut in for days (NOT, I hasten to add the owners fault)
Working with another horse and getting some real work into him, lots of trotting up steep hills and out for a lot longer, he soon settled. Rider gaining in confidence, to the point that when out she was in front and passed an on coming bus without even thinking about it.
Yesterday she moved the horse here. Three of us rode and the horse was on his toes and very excited but, work soon had him settled.
Today four of us went out. Horse was a lot more settled and I decided that we would go for a canter. Rider petrified she would get bucked off.
On the way to where I wanted to canter we had a large cattle wagon come past us from behind, I was at the back and friend was second from front, no reaction from her horse at all, 100 yards on a farm tractor and trailer had pulled over to let the cattle wagon past. I called out to keep trotting and for friend to do nothing - no reaction from her horse at all. SHe turned and gave me such a grin it would have put the Cheshire cat to shame!
When it came to cantering I let her go on front. The horse was a bit dithery and she was a bit wet but they did canter and kept going. I went up alongside her as her horse was being a bit reluctant and he was great, went up into the bridle and we sailed on up the hill.
WHat a different person this woman is! She is so happy, gaining in confidence, realises that most of the problem stems from her expecting him to spook at vehicles and is doing all she can to overcome her nerves.
The woman who owned the yard she kept him at hated the horse and when friend was working (she works 12 hour shifts) the owner was meant to turn the horse out but never did. When the battery was flat on the e. fencer and all the horses got in together, friends horse was blamed, even though there were two people who saw it happen said differently. YO said he had to go so, we moved him here that evening. (Shocked YO)
Horse is now both physically and mentally exhausted. Hard work, socialising with others both in the stables and out in the field, he is a different character. So is his owner!
My brag is that I have been able to help her so much in a short time. She loves her horse to bits but was not enjoying riding him. No more talk of selling him but if what she wants to do with him instead!
I love the Little Man! My nephew was much the same. I bought him an ATV which was great, it has a suppressor which stopped him going to fast but that lasted a couple of days until he found out how to loosen it off!