What I learned from my horse today....
Today I was teaching my horse to remain calm and accept me walking up to him, accepting my touches and rubs sense he seems to be on edge. I did already throw the saddle on him last month and he did as I asked on the lungeline, however, that didn't mean he learned to like it. So I started with very basic things today because he has not been approaching me like he used to. I couldn't stop thinking last night about how I always worked him and didn't stay to just spend time with him. I guess I'd be mad too if someone only came to work me and then put me away:( So I spent time with him in his stall this morning and groomed him slowly when he calmed down and he let me do his feet without needing to be held or tied. Then I approached and walked away many times while talking to him alot.
I was told that the owners that I got him from did ride him, however, he is very sensitive on his mounting side. They never used tack just rode bareback. I opened my mind and he showed me the sensitivities he has because of being "made" to do things without a teaching method. No wonder he still spooks at everything, even the saddle pad. I realized that if I was made to do things whether I liked it or not and someone just strong armed me I would probably be skiddish too. Today we worked together for hours but I got him to wear a blanket that covered most of his body and he relaxed and almost fell asleep. The blanket we will probably work on for another week, but patience and time has made him much happier. He used to start heading way out in the field and even trot away sometimes after I let him back out in the field. Today he didn't do that at all! In fact it took him about 10 minutes to start walking away from the gate and he didn't go very far. Today he taught me patience and time works with everything. I feel like I have to start him over on everything and undo everything in a different way. Atleast he is very smart, except when he didn't realize he was standing on my big toe today. LOL
Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls- they give us hope!