My OTT came off the track in dec 2011, ( big feat for a beginner with some exp I know) . When I first got him (jan 12) he wouldn't stand still, wouldn't tye without freaking, wasnt responsive to basic leading, when lunged he would pig root the whole way round, kept stoping to pick at tuffets of grass , kept leaping forward on lead when was spooked, reared on a roller( that wasn't even connected) , paws at you when he didn't want to do something. Saddling him wasn't an issue, bridle and bit fitting was interesting to say the least - throwing his head round like a bloody pup, catching him was beautiful - almost a work of art- put his dainty head in the halter, worming him was ok tried to throw head a little but wasn't really too bad - just held his halter and then he knew I ment business and it wa for his own good, rugging/ unrugging him was easy, grooming him is easy although e is still a little funny with the curry comb, picking his feet is still a testing time - he lets you pick his feet up but if your there too long he hops like a bloody bunny, his back feet are hell to pick - he let's you pick them up but doesn't give you more then a minute to do so - he bounces his leg till eventually you have to let go/ lose grip. He is spooky of squeak noises and being smOthered by a lot of people, but doesn't spook at other odd noises or flapping objects too badly.
Ok so with all that said this boy has come a long way with these issues : he lets you put the bridle on and saddle no issue - there is no rearing anore which was fixed by getting a stretchy wintec girth , he lunges with only one pig root - more likely excess energy I would say, he leads better now but still stops and picks or looks around like nah I'll move in my own time, he is doing wonderfully on the standing still thing - he moves around a fair bit but after about ten minutes he stands still, the tying up issue is still there but that is something that I will be working on this week and I will let you all know how we go with it, the curry comb thing is not a big issue except when he is irrationally irritated by flies, he only paws when he gets annoyed by something he can't fix himself ie: flies, an itch or a horse is galloping in the paddock near him. We have overcome the spray bottle issue ( he didn't like them and would go sideways if used) done this with the help of treats( which I know was bad but I had tried along everything I could think of) , he loves his head to be mini massaged where his halter sits behind his ears. He is doing the lip raising thing when we wash him and love the feeling of the water beating on him thy much that he almost goes to sleep lol. In all his basic ground handling skills are coming along nicely but I won't ride him til his foot heals from the bite, I want to teach him to tie and respect my space and leadership a little more also before I attempt to ask anything of him on his back.I know there is heaps I have prob missed in his basic ground handling training( I'm on the phone typing this so it's a bit hard to proof read and see if I have missed anything I have worked with him on) any suggestions ?