Well im very very proud of my horse. From anyone who read my first posts when I joined this forum I bought a 4 year old thoroughbred x welsh D to break and bring on myself!
He has done excellently and progressed from stood in a field all day-with his mum- to coming to me and being started!
He know walks/trots on lunge, has halt perfectly on lunge and ridden. Turns under saddle, flexes, halts, walks and is now starting trot. First time he bucked under saddle was first trot but since then I have trotted him 5/6 times and he's been perfect
He has been walked inhand in traffic and seen most vehicles excpept lorrys/buses and is currently being hacked out. I have ridden him out 3 times with person walking, once with another horse and once, -today- on my own
he is sooo good and the only issue we've had is with the motorway bridge as he has to go under it to get to most of our rides. Anyway, with another horse and a friend I am working on it-he bolted away from it inhand- and yesterday he walked up to it (but not under) and also stood facing away from it(Which is what he hates) so am very proud.
And today I hacked him out alone which he was also very good at
My question is do you think he's progressing okay? Am I doing anything wrong? Any suggestions/tips?
And my problem... He has recently been moved from one field to the one next door as the field needs to be rested which means that his old field now turns into my riding arena(ride in 1 not being used by horses).
So I took him in there today and he was awful.. Was napping, wouldnt walk on, getting iritated and just generally being a pain. I was determined not to teach him so I kept applying leg pressure til he walked then releasing and he did walk
but he would go a step, lock his neck and turn around and try go back to gate. I eventually got some walk, I halted him and then I turned and took him out of field.
My question is how can I get him to work nicely? I know its confusing cz it was his field to relax in but now he has to work in it. The more you kick and keep pressure on, the more wound up he gets so I keep insisting firmly but gently until he complies then I release. Please don't say whip, I know it may work but I don't want to use it on him and I firmly believe it'l do more harm then good.
The other thing is when hacking alone he was doing brilliantly until he came to junction. He wanted to go one way, I wanted to go other and again he locked his neck and walked off. No matter how much I pull,use leg,seat he ignores me and can quite happily walk with head turned round to my leg. It was quite dangerous as we were right next to a ditch!
Anyway, I got him over it and turned him home when I wanted, not HIM so I don't think it was to bad for 1st hack but what can I do about this neck thing?
Sorry for the essay! Thanks in advance