Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Madisonville, Ky
• Horses: 0
Charlie is 10 yo.
He's a Walkaloosa & we got Charlie last August at an auction.
He is worked quiet 2-3 times a week, weather permitting
She worked with him Friday night and I worked him Thursday.
She walked up to him & pointed in the direction she wanted him to go, and clucked with a whip (only for stimuli) in her other hand. When he slows down, he is touched w/ the whip to keep up the pace.
No, nothing has changed.
I know 2-3 times a week isn't ALOT to work a horse. I wish I could work him every day but it just isn't possible. Should I loose the whip? Are we portraying 'aggression' towards him which is making him defensive?
He is a VERY confident horse; Not scared of anything, curious about people, sometimes pins his ears back when I approach him while he's eating. He definiately has the peeking order over my horse and he thinks he has the peeking order over US apparantly.
I get the impression he just doesn't want to do what we ask him to do. When he wants to go, he goes. When he decides to stop, my stepdaughter has to get the small whip after him. Sometimes she can just show it to him and he will go, other times she will have to lightly tap him on his shoulders to get him to go.
Now my husband, who would rather be in a Ford Mustang than a real Mustang got on Charlie yesterday and walked him & cantered him around the yard. He crow hopped once w/ my husband on him, he turned him in a circle and Charlie did fine. Charlie went where my husband asked him to go & cantered him when asked to canter.
A few months back I took Charlie on a ride and he did really good. He only acted up when we he spotted a barn, it wasn't our barn, it was just a barn and he wanted to go to it. But after a few minutes of him & I arguing, he realized he needed to listen to me & all was fine.