So I thought Dumas was starting to come around... He's not. Turns out he just wants to nicker at us to let him out. We are a means to an end. He still wants nothing to do with us. He doesn't want scratched or rubbed. I can all but forget about bathing and grooming. He ALLOWS us to halter and saddle him. I am not sure what to do anymore... For the first time on the lead rope yesterday he tried to take off on me. I'm lucky how it turned out. I saw it coming and braced my self. He hit the end of the lead like a dog on a chain. He spun around like what the hell just happened? I tried to lunge him later ( couple hours ) and he would have no part of it. We ended up playing the backup now come here game. I'm just kind of lost. I don't know whether I should get a different horse or keep trying...Its getting really hard. He is a good horse under saddle but there is so much more to owning a horse other than riding. How can I get myself to trust him? He doesn't behave all that well when trying to do ground work unless he wants to do it.... what happens when he decided to flip out one day under saddle?
I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired...I know in my heart he was trained old school with a whip and a line and made to move. This kinder gentler way of natural horsemanship is getting me no where with him and no respect from him.
He is not invading my space or being "dangerous" yet.
Any ideas on how to help? I'm getting to the end of my rope with him ... Good days and bad days are starting to piss me off... What's the point if he will only cooperate a couple days a month?