Right guys.. Thought id give you a half progress/half advice thread :)
A couple of weeks ago I got my horse Ricoh. He's a Thoroughbred X Welsh Section D, bay, 4 year old gelding and unbroken...
Anway, I first let him settle in for a couple of days as he was born where I got him from (been there all his life) and his mum was there also so he has literally done nothing but be in a field. Well he settled in really really well, has been really calm and put on some weight which is good. His mane and tail have gone a bit scabby from where the flys are bad here but thats been fixed and I need to get his hooves done but he's sound and happy. Him and the horse in the next field decided that they liked each other a lot and they broke through the electric taping so they are now in together which has made him much happier.
Well I have no saddle currently (should come today :)) as I was deciding what to get him and finding one within my budget, so I have mostly been working on ground manners and desensitising. He needed work on his manners especially his back up and he's improving but he does forget them sometimes when he gets distracted. He's also had plastic waved around him, a plastic bag on his back tied with baler twine round his tummy(to simulate a girth), a saddle rested on his back, and he's walked over and stood on tarpaulin :) I think he's doing really well but I was wondering if anyone knew of more groundwork I could do with him and more desensitising? Please dont say lungeing as I dont agree with it.
He also goes for walks inhand in the lanes by my yard and has seen bins,drains,people,dogs, hedge cutters and other horses. He gets a bit excited and sticks his head up but is excellent and comes to me for security when he's scared so very little shying. He's good with cars/vans coming from infront or behind on the wide main roads (very very quiet main road) and good with cars coming from infront on lanes but not from behind. He's getting better but I thought that maybe I should get someone to rev it behind him and come up close in the security of my yard to get him used to it plus my boyfriends car is really loud and has very loud music so he's going to hear that too.
Anyway, I was wondering what people thought I should do to get him used to cars coming from behind in narrow lanes as most lanes round here are narrow.
I also took him to the motorway bridge which goes over a road by my yard and he was good up to it and walking under it but when he got out the other side he bolted and ran loose up the road. I was really worried but he stopped and I caught him only we had to go under again to go back to the yard and he bolted again (he's soo strong). He respects me in terms of leading everywhere but it failed us here.
Its really dangerous as I nearly always have to ride under it to get everywhere. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get him used to it? It seems to be when it was behind him and he couldnt see it that he got scared.
I thought maybe taking some apple in a bucket and feeding him on the grass verge with his bum to the bridge. Any other ideas? I dont really want people to say a lead horse as he will mostly be ridden alone so I need to get him used to that and have him safe on his own.
I will hopefully get my saddle today so am thinking I will place it on him and get him used to it/check it fits then once settled(could be a couple of days) girth up and walk around, then I thought of loose lungeing him in a small paddock with it on so he could feel it at faster than a walk and get any bucks out :P Then it would be me leaning over, then getting on, then walking around and finally hacking out on road.
How does everyone else teach stopping/turning/go/back on a youngster?
Do you all think Im doing okay and please feel free to give me advice on things to do with him or what to do next.. Especially need help with the motorway bridge :)
Kudos to everyone who reads this
Sarah & Ricoh