Originally Posted by faye
Can I ask how long youve had him and how long you have been at this new barn? Why did you move from the last barn, what is different about this current barn to your last one? (I'm not just being nosey here I do actualy have a thought about what may have happened).
I'm one of those that loves the challenge of a difficult horse (as those who have followed my progress with Reeco) but sometime I do wish I had something easier, that said I am no where near being classed as a novice.
Sometimes you have got to take a step back and admit it isnt the right horse for you, sometimes it could be a change in environment that has upset the horse. They take time to settle into new places and routines, and we are not talking a couple of days here we are talking up to 6 months!!
I have had Dancer for almost 3 years. I moved him because he wasn't getting his supplements like he was supposed to, even after talking to the BO about it. He also wasn't being fed like I asked. I was paying for a stall and he was never in his stall. The BO's horses would be in a stall but not Dancer. (This was especially important in the summer because he burns) He was always skinny. Since I moved him he is at a good weight and I am happy with his care. We have been there for 15 months.
I think that now that he's healthy his true personality has come out and he feels good. I also know that he probably thinks he is on vacation. He probably wasn't ridden in 3 months from a combination of weather and we had a family situation which caused me to not be able to ride.
I'm really going to try and work on our relationship. I'm hoping that between his training, our lessons, and actual ride time we can repair our relationship and he can see me as a leader and not just a pushover.