So... as some of you know, I got a new horse about 10 days ago. I have been getting to know him a little more, so I figured I could share with you guys, and if any of you want to throw some tips towards his training, feel free to.
Wrangler is a Registered AQHA 4 year old grey gelding. Green broke. His registered name is Dimensional Wrangler and he comes from cutting and western pleasure bloodlines mostly, with some racing QH's a little further back.
He does have a little issue though, that I have been told, and seen, but he hasn't done it with me yet... so far (I haven't really pushed him) What is the issue you may ask? Well... he bucks. He doesn't like the saddle or bridle (so I was told)
When I went to see him it was pouring rain and slippery out. I didn't ride him, but I saw his owner ride him. When he threw a 50 pound western saddle on his back and tightened it up the first thing Wrangler did was squeal. The man then went on to lunging him... his reaction to that was bucking and squealing some more... finally he shoved the bit in his mouth and got on. At first he just walked, then trotted, no bucking from the horse, then loping a few strides, then slowing down... wrangler tried to buck, but the man stopped him by turning him in tight circles.
After he got off of wrangler, he told us what he was told... Wrangler apparently had 60 days of training, being 'broke' and forced into collection using a curb shank bit (as a 3 year old) and then sold to auction (where his previous owners got him)
So that is the story on him.
Since I have had him, I have ridden him 3 times... walking and trotting around, english saddle, no bridle, just a rope halter and lead.
We have had the chiropractor out, no back issues.
We have gotten his feet done, he has really good feet.
I have yet to get his teeth done, but that isn't urgent.
Since I have been riding him, he has not offered to buck or anything. My theory is that it isn't the saddle he doesn't like, it is the bridle. Once I get use to riding him, and he gets use to me, I will be pushing him more switching back to western, and eventually getting him wearing the bit.
He also has an extremelly long stride.
He is a good horse, exeptional ground manners and great around other horses.
So now that you have heard his story, here are some pictures! Feel free to ask questions and give tips!