So a few years back I got a phone call from my brothers mates kid brother, he was looking for agistment for his colt. He ended up paddocked at my agistment paddock. The gangly, shy skin and bone yearling colt arrived and within a week I had found out two things. The kid ( he was 16) knew nothing and the colt had an abusive owner and past.
The kid only got to the paddock once a week or so and I worked with his colt when I was there. At first I thought nothing of his shyness until I was working the agistment owners own gelding when the kid was beating the colt up on the lunge. I immediately put a stop to his actions with a, put politely, "you hit him again i'll hit you" within a week the kid had run off to sydney to become a jockey and his dad turned up at my place and GAVE me the colt.
It took several weeks and a lot of tlc from my partner to the colt before he would trust men, and still to this day 2 yrs later if a man gets grouchy or ill tempered the colt is easily spooked.
But on to the good stuff :)
Lucky as he was so named because his First owner almost killed him with neglect, and was "saved" by the young kid, after being turned over to me, I was preoccupied with the older geldings when I heard a bang from the feed store area and turned out the colt had been in the feed bin, alas his name quickly changed to Bandit. His FULL name is Lucky's Little Bandit.
Bandit has recently had a horrible fortnight, his only friend, my 26 yr old arab x quarterhorse gelding was euthainised after being poisioned with medicated cattle feed three weeks prior, and his condition worsened, the most humane thing was to end his suffering with his dignity and noble carriage held high. Bandit was moved off the property within 20 minutes of Taj Mahal's last heart beats as the property owners were still putting out the food.
Then Bandit was paddocked beside a riding school where I was assured the mares were "past" seasoning, well two days later her 9yr old+ mares began to return to season, so Bandit was gelded, much t Critter, the farms kelpie's, enjoyment she dined on allah stallion for breakfast that day.
Since Bandit was turned over to me I have done hours and hours of ground work, leading getting him use to all different things and the number one; staying out of my bubble.
He's done everything I've asked and looked for more.
He has had saddles and bridles on him for the past year and a few months ago I mounted him and he just stood there, he's was also ridden that weekend, just a short walk.
I saddled him again recently and tugged on his gear quite strongly moved him around the yards geared up and mounted. Again he just stood there.
I will be purchasing a training system this week to start him under.
Heres a few pictures. (the pic with the evil smily was the FIRST TIME he was ever mounted)