I haven't been on here for awhile so I will give a quick re-caption of my situation. I got a horse for Christmas, G-Man a TWH that was 7 yrs old and had been used for the last 2yrs as a breeding stallion and 2 yrs before that a speed racking horse. Against my husbands advice, I bought this horse. Like my husband predicted he was a handful. He had several issues that I had to deal with on my first ride on him. He reared when he didn't get his way. He called out for the other horses and acted very studdly. He thought he had to be in front and would walk on his hind legs and get the bit between his teeth and would try to be up front with a high head, nosing out and he had a big front end motor which include very high-steppin leg movement. He also had some issues about riding away from the group. These are the main issues that needed immediate attention.
Things that I did to change his behavior:
The first thing was to have him cut.
Changed the bit that they were using (double twisted chain) to a pinchless Roberts gaited horse bit.
I started doing ground work and earned his respect before riding him in the arena.
I worked him in the arena until I felt that I had control over him. Then rode him on trails with husband (mistake the first time) then rode him with friends.
I had a trainer ride him in the afternoon on days that I had to work late. I would ride him on weekends. Then when the days started getting longer I rode him almost every night.
Got his teeth floated.
I had a goal in mind, I was wanting to ride him to Emenience, Mo. the second week in June with a group of friends.
Now, before the big week in Emenience, I took him on several trial rides and camp trip to prepare for the big ride.
One include a Field trial ride for a weekend in March. Which I decided it was best for my trainer to ride him and I rode my other horse. My trainer had his hands full but G-Man learned a lot on that trip. He had to stay behind the judges.. The trainer was reminded of that several times by the judges but G-Man didn't care.
Then, I took him on a camping trip and trail ride at Shawnee National Forest in Ill. He did much better there. But he almost died when a young girl untied him to show some friends his long mane and tail . She said she thought he was beautiful and didn't know she was doing anything wrong. The problem was it was after I had already went to bed and she didn't know how to tie him correctly on a teather line. He got the line wraped around his neck and if I hadn't woke up when I did and check on him..... I don't like thinking about it. Well, because the good lord was watching over us and some fast thinking friends he is alive today. I think this event changed his attitude alot too.
For Memoral Weekend I took him to MO. to Mark Twain National Park. This was his last test to see if he would be ready for the Emenience ride. This was the largest campsite that I have had him at so far at this point. He had several challenges riding around wagons, lots of horses and he had to cross the river several times and he even had to swim it at one short point. He took it all in stride. My husband was concerned and wanted to ride him before I got on him because of so many horses and campsites and new surrounds. G-Man reared up on him and was demonstrating some of his old ways while my husband was riding him. I tried to tell myself it was because he hadn't bonded with my husband and that he wouldn't act like this with me. If I was going to keep this horse and ride him then I had to "put my big girl panties on" and just ride him. Well I did it and "He did great for me!!!!!
He did everything I asked of him and was a pleasure to ride, I had several offers from others wanting to buy him. He really looked good, I was so proud of him. Also myself for all the hard work I had put into him.
Now the big week was here!!!
I was going to take him to Emenience.
To make a long story short, he did great and I have a wonderful horse that I am very proud of. Hard work, dedication and patience had paid off. I now have my perfect dream horse
and a lot of great memories of the hard trail that I had to take to get my dream horse.
G-Man has been well worth it!!!!!