Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Right now we're only doing groundwork with him. He was a buggy horse, and I'm not riding him until his groundwork is solid. We don't have a roundpen where we board, just an arena that isn't secure enough to let him go in. Every weekend I go out, bring him in from the field, groom him, walk and trot him in hand, making sure he's conscious of my space and stopping because I'm stopping (and because I say "whoa"). Then I lunge him on both sides, going through his transitions. Then we go back to lead line and do trot poles, do some work with getting him to back up when I wiggle the rope (which is not his favourite, but he does it).
What other ground work exercises would you recommend? The trainer is also the BO, and she works with him twice a week. I was more wondering if anyone had some insight as to what in his former training/life would have caused this glitch, because it's out of character for him. However, I will start giving him a smack and see if it makes a difference, it could be what he needs, and we need to be able to clean his feet, as he lives outside 24/7, not to mention the various scenarios in which being able to access his feet is vital.
Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming!