Hi, also new!
Have a 7 yr old Percheron gelding that was sold to me and my DH for a mere 2,500. (down from 20,000) because of a flap problem, and the fact that he hasn't been hacked out on a trail or jumps in the open.
My DH loved him, and was told (after we bought) that if we beat him on left side, ACE'd him before riding, and rode everyday he should come around.
(ok, I know we were taken - right?)
This person also had me keep their other horse, who bit "Winston" and pushed him around each day, and was told that will help his adjustment. It didn't, and I don't agree another horse abusing another horse is the answer.
(We asked the owner to pick up her horse).
But now, I am trying to work with him in a natural way, grooming each day, walking up to him showing him I am in charge, he still acts like a boyish child, and I am concerned that my DH shouldn't ride this boy. He did a week ago, but after we ACE'd him, (also told to do by this friend = 1cc).
I know ACE'ing is not the answer to a problem. It just makes him drunkish, and kind of goofy, but still powered in "High".
Thoughts? Advice? I am trying to talk DH into getting himself a great trainer and working together on this project.
I have and ride a retired Police mounted unit horse that is simply a docile, dear. So hark! Things are good!
Thanks so much for any advice.