Hey guys :) I've just started loaning a 15'3 Cob x called Jazz, he is 13 and is an ex riding school horse. He has been allowed to slip into some bad habits, and obviously hasnt been worked very much as his current owner said she's never cantered on him ... He is quite bargy and lacking in respect, for example:
On the way out of his field today, he will bolt but only a tiny trot to get to some nice grass, then do this repeatedly until we have mini-bolted our way to where I was trying to get him to! On the way back to his field he does the same, I sought help from the yard owner who wrapped the lead-rope around the noseband of his head collar and he went with her FINE - i guess he knows she doesnt take any $@#$! I tried to lunge him today, and he did a few really nice circles of trot... but then bolted off to eat grass again!!
Grrr - any advice? :) I know I need to be more firm with him, i guess in honesty I'm just slightly scared of him because he's a lot bigger and stronger than me. :)
See that last line? That, in combination with your statement about the yard owner not taking any crap pretty much says it all to me. He has your number, and now you have a choice. Either you put on your big girl panties and try and ride him out of it, or, if you are a bit more conservative, like I am, I probably would work him on the ground, since that is where I would be more comfortable giving him some CTG moments until he respected me. You will still have to gain his respect after you get back on him, but I find I am more confident once I know I can control them on the ground. That is just me. To keep him walking where you want him to go, here is my suggestion. Every time he speeds up-CIRCLE. It may take you a while to get where you are going, but make it tough on him. He wants to trot-fine. Trot a couple circles, then go back to a walk like you want. He trots again-repeat. If he tries to walk in the circle-make him trot.
If he does that on the lunge I would be connecting with his fat little butt with my whip to wake him up a bit! Again-he needs to respect you, and you need to work n that regardless
Slidestop-you and I were posting at the same time. I actually saw...on a thread here.....somewhere.. A trainer training a young horse to walk nicely and not get ahead. It was great. Use a rope halter-and walk. If the horse pulls or gets ahead-turn, which pulls on their head because they are, initially not paying attention. They actually pull on themselves and learn really quickly to walk with their handler. I will try and find it. I did it with my guy today when he got pushy-it took less than 5 minutes and he nicely walked into his stall instead of rushing.