Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
You have 2 options, IMHO.
(1) Take him to an auction and re-coop some losses. You don't even have to ride him--just tack him up and tell everyone he's been shown, too much horse for you, and needs an experienced rider. You would be AMAZED at the interest, but I've had horses since 1985 and taken hits on the wrong horses, that I shouldn't have bought. You are NOT alone.
(2) Buy Clinton Anderson's basic package. I think it goes for $300.00
Learn how to retrain your horse from the beginning bc he's VERY green...maybe green than YOU are
DON'T EVERY PUT YOUR DAUGHTER ON THIS HORSE BAREBACK, AGAIN!!!
Next time it can be a trip to the ER.
As Dennis Reis says in his disclaimer...
"Horses are bigger, stronger and faster than you..."
You cannot overpower them. You have to out-think them.The most important thing to know about training horses is that the horse does NOT understand "equal." He understands that one leads and the other follows. Since he is big and heavy and strong, if you don't lead, he will fill the vacuum.The saying,
"Lead, Follow, or Get out of the way", was written by a horse.
Meantime, train this horse to lead and tie perfectly.
Train him to be tacked up without any tail swishing or ears back, or kicking or biting. The more green and spoiled, the more likely you will experience these, too.
Keep a short whip close by and if this horse threatens you, pull it out. He will move away from it, usually just by flashing a whip. My lesson horses would move forward when my students flipped a crop out bc they have peripheral vision and understood impulsion...and they knew what a whip was, too.
I also agree that your trainer let you down. There are few certified teachers, even fewer certified trainers, so it's a crap shoot. I don't know if I'd want to dump more money on this horse. You're too green to keep up the training, so it's turning into a money drain.