Let me start off by saying that I am very experience in horse training. I have a 4 year degree in Western Horsemanship from Univ. Of Findlay.
Now. Let me give you the short version here...
I have rarely in my training ever had to lay a horse down. A handful of times. I do it correctly I do it humanely and I do it safely.
That being said. I got in a 3 year old Appy stallion for training a few days ago. He has become so aggressive the owners cannot handle him anymore and are going to sell him but wanted to get him trained first.
Don't say it.. I told them. He should be gelded first off. Not my horse not my decision.
THat being said.. they have spent the last three years letting this A$$hole become who he is... ramming through people.. rearing.. striking. He would not even walk in the stall when he came here two days ago. We had to blindfold him to get him in.
So I went to work today. Lunged the crap out of him than when he was good an tired started laying down work. I have NEVER had a horse fight with the leg hobble so much from the start. Everytime I pulled it a bit to get him used to it he would stomp his foot nonstop so hard I thought he was going to hurt himself.
Flash forward.... I spent THREE hours working this horse down til he would tolerate holding the leg up without fighting.. He is by this point pouring sweat... legs trembling from being tired.. and no matter how much I waited him out.. kept asking him to lay.. he would not give in. I hate to say it but this horse beat even me. I figured by this point he was so dog tired we might be able to get him to walk in the stall. He had given up trying to fight out of the hobble but refused to lay down.
STILL wouldn't go in the stall lunging forward and striking.. reared a few times. But finally I think he realized I was going to win at this I guess and gave in. We no have no issue with him going in and out of stalls.
Now after this long drawn out story... anyone else have similar issues with a very aggressive horse? I've never had one fight so long and still be no where near laying down and giving in.