"Some horses are just born with no sense. After getting on and working 70 different horses over the last 3 months, I've decided that yes, each horse has its own personality. But at the same time, some horses just aren't as smart, and just don't "get it" like others do. Horses like the WB mentioned have to have a steady routine, and nothing out of place. Every day, same thing, same way, same time, same place. EVERY DAY. Otherwise, the horse just won't retain anything its brain processes.
My husband just started a 9yo proud-cut QH (only gelded about 8mos ago.) that we have debated over and over whether or not he actually has a thinking side of his brain. Of course, due to torture and torment from the neighbor's kids, he was seen as a bulldozing danger. However, 90 days later, my husband is gathering cattle on him, which is a MASSIVE feat for this particular guy. He just doesn't have what it takes upstairs to be a rider. The owner has spent $2k on his training so far with us, and understands that she may never be able to ride him. And he's grade, and definitely not going to bring her money back. This is prime example of having too big a heart for too big a task. He just doesn't have what it takes.
By no means am I saying to give up on the WB, but this is probably the same case with him. ; )"
Westonsma-Sounds a lot like this guy, but he is not proudcut, abused, nothing. If he was at least he would have some "excuse" for his idiocy. Part of the problem is the trainer is too nice. This horse truly needs to go "down the road". The trainer is in his 70's, and does a great job, but this one is really dangerous for him, especially since he is still in a neck brace after a bad fall last week. He just tells the owner he doesn't think the horse will ever be safe.....that she can ever trust him (she is older, with no confidence, so this is a disaster waiting to happen), and she still leaves him. He is nothing more that a spoiled brat with no brain. After over 6 months, there are still days when we spend the entire hour training just going in and out of the barn! He retains nothing, which is frustrating. And BTW-the smartcalm has made NO difference. NONE.