Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
LOVE THIS SITE!! Lots of horsepeople with really good advice, and seldom judgemental. I LIKE the ideas suggested above. Might I add that your horse has some baggage, and it will take him LONGER to get rid of it than it would a horse trained correctly from the start, which was before you bought him.
I suggest that you teach him loose lunging, always turning towards you in the center when changing reins. CARRY A LUNGE WHIP!!! Also, the first time you do it, have an escape plan ready. You never know what ALL the baggage is until you cue for it. (He probably will be ok. I guess that being kicked in the head by one horse and thrown by another keep ME on the defensive. Just an FYI.)=b
After that, teach him to lunge on a line. You are looking (intially) for any sign of obedience, then you stop and rewad him to develop confidence and to set you up as the lead broodmare (or, if you're a man, you are the lead stallion) in the relationship.
JUST LIKE when you were in school, every session you will teach your horse more. What is initially rewarded in the first ground schooling will be expected after a week of same. Then, you ask for more. I am teaching my two 5 yo geldings changes within gait on the loose lunge and on the lunge line, for example, I get a faster and a slower trot out of them, on command.
I like to use the word, "no" when my horse gets it wrong, then the praise is the "yes." "No" doesn't frighten a horse, and sometimes people still hit them when they don't do things right.
Although I pick and choose from the current tv trainers I agree with them that you horse needs to be desensitized to your tools. It's always a good idea to approach your horse with the whip and rub him with it, so he KNOWS it won't eat him.