Two of the Arabs were rescued, I worked with them at the horse shelter were I volunteered. The other Arab was used only as a stud and at 10 years old he is not saddle broke yet. All of them received only alfalfa and bran mash sometimes. They had the same trainer though and he tends to educate his horses well. When they came they were spooky and two of them has rearing issues, you tried to pick their legs and they reared, you tried to halter them and they reared. I noticed that you only needed lots of patience with them. You needed to be very calm and insist with whatever you did. The one that I work with now is easy going and responsive, I helped with his training and now I am the only one that works with him, haltering, put the bridle on and lounging him. He has some moments when he refuses to be bridled or haltered but after couple of minutes he lets me put a hand on him. The problem is not the horse but our stable hand. He is not patient as I am and he scares the horses, almost all of the horses from the stable developed problems with accepting the halter and bridle.
I tend to be a firm handler, while volunteering at the horse shelter I've encountered different kind of horses, some of them were really aggressive and when you approached them you needed to be firm enough. If you were hesitant you gave them a moment to think and they usually tried to kick or bite. We have a very aggressive horse at the current stable were I work. I can lead him without supervision if he has already a halter on, I can groom, tack and lounge him under supervision. I could do all the things by myself but I'm a bit scared of him, he really attacks people and he made some victims in the time that I know him. He is not tolerant at all of hesitant people, if you show him for a single moment that you are scared or hesitant he attacks you. Because of that I tend to handle horses in a firm manner.
Only with Arabians I tend to be more patient because they are so easily scarred and sensible. They need a firm hand too sometimes.
So that's why I was asking, I don't know if my training and experience would be enough for me to be a competition groom. As I said I hadn't had the opportunity to work with athletes, with fit and well fed horses (horses that received high energy feed). If they are very strong and excited all the time I may have a problem handling them.
We have a horse with a training problem, whatever we do we can't get him over it. He bolts in hand, the only way to control him is having the bridle on. If you take him out only with his halter he can, and usually, will bolt. I am thinking that it's possible to encounter competition horses that do this because of their high energy level. In that case I won't know what to do except try to hold them but obviously if the horse is well determined I wouldn't stand a chance.
But if they would be just full of energy but manageable it would be ok, I can work with a horse that won't stand still for a moment, or with a horse that neigh and is alert all the time.
Thank you for responding
, appreciate it.