I need help. One of the horses at the yard is going to be probably sold for slaughter if I can't figure out how to help him.
His owner stopped riding him more than a year ago due to the horse's behaviour. At first one of the riders at the stables still tried to ride him. Unfortunately the horse started getting way worse and impossible for anybody to ride. The owner is not prepared to spend any money on a horse that he can't ride. He can't sell to another person as the horse won't let anybody ride him. So all that is left is slaughter house.
We have spoken to the owner and he is prepared to give me some time as well as pay the livery for a bit longer but not prepared to pay for teeth to be checked or physio to be checked. I think the problem might be one off those, teeth or physio.
We have been working with this horse for a month now. He was impossible to catch in the field, even offering treats did not work. He spooked for everything and anything. Did not like being touched by people. Then also does not stand to be mounted, runs away (does not stop) and worst of all rears.
I have done all the ground work and my husband the riding.
The horse has improved a great deal on the ground. I can catch him, actually I don't need to catch him he comes to me. He follows me around and loves being groomed, patted and getting attention from me. Problem is he does not trust anybody else, even on the ground. He still won't allow anybody else to touch him or catch him. If people walk past his stable he quivers into a corner till they gone. When I'm around he still allows them to touch him but you can see that he is very uncomfortable being touched by others. When with me he does not spook so easily as we have been working alot on desensitizing him. I can hug him, before if you moved towards him he freaked out.
My husband is however not making progress with riding. We have tried different bit and bridles, even bitless, nothing works. He just fights the bit and aids all the time. If he feels like he can't avoid it he rears up. Yesterday he reared up lost his balance and fell ontop of my husband. My husband is an excellent rider. Not hard on his mouth or anything.
I don't understand. He's always been a difficult horse but has been ridden even showed with a bit. What happened to cause this going to the extreme behaviour of his. Why won't he allow anybody on his back anymore.
I'm not an expert, just someone trying to help a horse in destress. I'm not a novice either and have had some experience with problem horses and have always been albe to help. I have also made a lot of progress here but not enough.
The way I see it if it was teeth should'nt the bitless helped to some degree. In this case it did not. I have also massaged him all over and experienced no twitching or quivering or any signs that he is not comfortable with my toutch. Should'nt there be signs if it was a back problem. We have used different saddles and even bareback. Not the saddle.
I have never been on him as I had a bad accident and still trying to recover my confidence in the saddle. Could it be that it's a trust issue. That maybe he will allow me to ride because he trust me but nobody else. Or maybe he is comfortable with me because I never tried to ride him?
Please I will appreciate any advice as I definitely can't afford to pay for all these costly checkups for somebody elses horse. I also can't buy him as I already have a horse, also a problem horse that I rehabilitated and then bought due to owner being to scared to work with him. I can't buy every problem horse that comes along.
All advice will be appreciated. Except from people that feel I should let him go to the slaughter house