Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
A horse can trot ALL DAY. Work on cantering exercises. REALLY get him so winded that he won't to pick up the canter, THEN walk him cool for 30 minutes. THEN, tie him up, untack him, and let him stand for a few HOURS. When I trained an OTTB to do Reenacting, I took him to an event and I worked circles, figure-8's, cantering, riding through streams, etc. on his first weekend. HE was exposed to a LOT more stimulii than yours is being exposed to. By the end of the Sunday afternoon battle, all he could do was walk. He was safe around gunfire and cannons after that.
I still say, he's green. I put more than 1,000 hours under saddle/year on ALL of my horses when I had them in my lesson program. We trailered them everywhere and took them trail riding.
One person cannot duplicate this, so you have to train smart. I would also work the heck out of him whenever he spooks at anything as a punishment for not thinking and not listening to you.
We make too many excuses for our horse's bad behavior, but it is bc we put up with it. I watched Julie Goodnight's program filmed last winter, and she was working with the owner of an 8yo super calm Haflinger mare. Her only problem was backing straight through an obstacle. THAT mare got that way bc she was worked and worked and worked and worked and worked and worked and worked--correctly.
You can tolerate some problems in your dog that you should NEVER tolerate in your horse, who is 10x your size.
Get online and look up Clinton Anderson, and his method. I think this will help you. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 05-28-2013 at 02:43 PM.