So to start I would like to apologize for the length of this thread, and would like to thank HF for their support and advice when I was at my wits end with a horse I deemed dangerous.
Most of the forum knows my horse denny - twh cross or arab cross whatever he is , was an obnoxious, spoiled, dangerous on the ground and was costing me a lot of money to fix him/get him back to the way he was before I sold him.
Well its official I have never seen this much change in him since the day I bought him back. And I am not saying slight change, I mean HUGE change!!
His fear of being in stalls/barns/any tight space is gone. We have been feeding him in a stall, and working on cross ties and everything in a barn. He is still nervous when he first gets in but he soon starts to settle. He no longer rears or bucks and the most he will do is freeze and one circle and head back to the barn and he is in J
As for the biggest problem I had with him – his aggression on the ground especially when I entered the field. Now this truly could not have been solved without the help of HF Members and my current trainer. I would also like to be so bold as to say if some of the HF Members lived closer to me I think this issue would have been solved a lot sooner!
Cherie, Alexs, Duffy, Sky, Tiny, and whole lot more I wish I could bake you guys some cupcakes for all your honest answers to help me figure out ways to work with him to make it less dangerous to catch him/go in the field
With some major retraining of myself to get my kahunas (sp) back after some serious injuries caused by his aggression gave me a lack of confidence. I personally am getting back to my healthy fear of horses and not just overly terrified of them. As much of a pain in the a** he is, he has also helped me regain my love and trust for them.
As for his aggression in the field. I don’t want to jinx myself but he has been doing great. No more food or treats to catch him and am only going in with a rope halter and a 10ft lead. I can 99.9 % catch him without him moving away from me and either walking towards me or waiting for me to come to him, the .1% he is uncatchable only because of his pent up energy where I free lunge him in the field and after a few circles he settles and I can halter him. I still do not let anyone else handle him for the fear of them transmitting there fear to him and him reacting to it which will then push back progress.
But not only have we made progress on those ground issues but we have actually been able to progress his saddle training again. I with the help of a new trainer (who I am keeping as dennys forever trainer until either one dies first) has helped me get back a horse who was seat trained and then ruined to getting back into riding via the seat and not via reins and lots of leg.
Well on that note I again want to THANK HF MEMBERS FOR ALL THERE KNOWLEDGE THAT ALLOWED FOR ME TO GROW AND OVERCOME MY ISSUES ALONG WITH GIVING DIFFERENT IDEAS AND THOUGHTS TO MY TRAINER TO HELP DENNY GROW AND OVERCOME HIS ISSUES.