So I work for a stable now, and was asked 2 weeks ago if I would be interested in riding the halflinger that was there, because the owner would be gone for a month. So I said sure, I was already exercising one pill (he's sweet, he just doesn't want to turn and he doesn't do anything vicious/dangerous, he's just opinionated) so why not another one? First week angel pony, next week, devil pony *sigh*. I was made aware that he bolts while being lunged. I just shrugged, if worst came to worst I could just let him go, where was he going to go to? Not very far in the arena. First week, complete angel, lunged and did what I asked when I rode him, last week he was a devil. He got away twice from me in the arena, I moved to the 40' round pen, he got away again. Than I was so fed up I took off his halter, and lungeline, and chased him for a bit. He was catchable, it's just the fact he can't pull this crap with me. Plus this is a safety issue, a huge one. And than I rode him, if he tried anything pulley or bail. First half of the lesson, just walking and some troting, angel. Than the second lesson he decided he wanted nothing to do with it, and started to crow hop, and get heavy of the left side. And I could just go on. I know undersaddle he was testing me to see what I knew and/or what I would do. Needless to say he learned I knew the pulley rein. I have never met a horse like this before. Innocent and nice, and than forget their manners, and decide that dragging a human around is so much fun. I was going to lunge him in his regular english bridle, with a snaffel that's very mild that has a copper losange in the middle. Today is the third week I'll work with him. I work him sunday and monday lightly. I'll be working on space and hopefully find something that works well when I lunge him. Oh well always up for the challenge
The horse's age is unknown, but I think he's 12, I'd have to look at his teeth, if he'll hold his head still and not nibble or yank his head away *sigh*
His condition is rather pudgy, not overy fat, not lean or overly muscular.
He won't bridle willingly, and if you take him out of the stall to bridle, more likely he'll step on you *sigh*.
He loves to work (than why are you such a snot?), and will stand to be saddled and groomed.
He was to be a schooling horse, but didn't make it. Now I now why! Would scare the snot out of anyone below an intermediate.
His owners have only ridden him, this year, not even six times. Have already offered to work and the BM has said she'll use him in lessons. I will continue to work with him, other wise he'll just continue to sit around and not do anything. Because I believe she has few intermediate students.
Has anyone met a horse like this? And no, he's not scared, so this isn't flight, it's just him being a snot. In not even half a second he throws his head down, and takes off. I have always tried to keep his head up and not allow him to get heavy or look intently at something (that something would be grass *sigh*). Any ideas? This is absolutely ridiculous, and dangerous, I need to put a stop to this. So hopefully he doesn't pull this w/ other people.