Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Verona, Ontario, Cananda
• Horses: 0
*UPDATE* Help 17yr old Beginer Train Agressive Gelding?
About a month ago I posted on here asking for help with my 4 year old American Paint, Tonto. If you recall from the previous thread, he was a very pushy horse who liked to nip, refused to be tied, or lift his feet, would rush to the food the second I set it down or try to steal it from my hands and would occasionally kick at nothing in particular.
Over the past month I really started to really think about what I should do, I looked at my options, I could either get a trainer or sell him I didn't want to sell him, I didn't feel like I was ready to give up on him yet, I know I made him the way he was and I owed it to him to make things right. So I researched, and watched all these videos of trainers working with horses, I got in touch with a local ranch owner, and a few other trainers and decided to give it one more shot, I went outside and started from scratch with him, like none of the past 2 years had happened, and started working with him in a completely different way. After all of the searching I have done about horses, it seems to me, that just like people, every horse learns in a different way, I was being really rough and aggressive with the way I was going about training him and he acted aggressive with me. When I went out there like a new person and started everything over again I took a different more gentle approach to training and I think I've really made progress.
I know many of you are probably given up on me, and still think that I should have sold him but I really do think in the past month I have made progress with him. I can walk into the barn yard without him crowding my space, I can hook the lead on him and lead him into the barn and tie him to be groomed, lift his feet then untie him and walk him out of the barn calmly, he no longer nips at me when I lead him and dosn't even think about crowding my space. I can lead him, feed in my hand set the food down, and he will follow me back to the gate before going to eat, and he dosn't try to take it from my hands anymore. I recently over the past few days started working on him with verbal commands. (I do this in the barn because of how icy it is out right now) I bring him into the barn, and drop the lead and he will come forwards, stop and backup all using verbal commands only. I am so proud of him.
Like I said before, I imagine a lot of you probably still have the same opinion of me and my family as being ignorant people, but I really think I made progress and had to share.
1 American Paint, 1 Bearded Dragon, 5 Dogs, 3 Cats.