Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
catch 22...what to do
I've got this situation that I don't know what to do about. Some of you would have read my posts on my cranky pants warmblood :) well, we were making great progress in many ways but we were still having some respect issues with him. About 5 weeks ago we decided that because he was alpha horse in the paddock, he may be thinking he is alpha horse with us as well. Seeing as we have a rather large yard for him, we decided that he wasnt going to go out into the paddock again until he learnt some darn manners :)
This worked brilliantly within only a couple of days. I think he quickly learnt that once he wasnt out there we were his only source of food etc and he had to rely on us. A week went by and he was doing well and then he started to get cranky with being in his yard all the time even though he was either being ridden out or taken for a walk out every day.
So after a week and a half I decided to let him out for the day and bam, straight back to his disrespect, cranky pants ways. So he came in...got cranky...let him out...got cranky...and so on. I don't want to leave him in the yard but it seems to be getting more response from him than putting him out which makes him super alpha male.
We are still working on some frank bell stuff for respect/bonding etc but he is taking a while to pick all this up.
What is everyone elses thoughts on my situation?
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"