Originally Posted by tecara
I have a probably strange question looking for advice: I bought a 5 yrs old Percheron gelding back in Oct. Up until Feb í11 he was a stallion and not worked much. He has only been worked in an arena. Anyways he has to be the clumsiest horse Iíve ever seen, can trip over his own shadow. I have been working over the past months out in the paddock. I took him for his first trail ride the day after I brought him home and he totally freaked out, so have been doing a lot of desensitizing with him and he has done great, but still clumsy as can be. I have been told that part of it is he isnítí paying attention and that I should get at him when he trips on the lunge line or riding around the corral. I really want to try him back out on the trail but afraid one of us will end up hurt if he stumbles out there. He has fallen right over onto his chest on flat ground!!! Is it possible he isnít paying attention or could it be, like a puppy, he needs to still grow into his hooves??
Haha well either your desensitizing is working good, or he is still getting his coordination!
His clumsiness can be cause that he is not paying any attention and is really relaxed or he could just be still getting his coordination.
If you wanted to improve coordination I would suggest doing something like grid work, and pole work, to get him aware of where his feet are and logs on the ground in relation.
But yer if he is generally relaxed and falling asleep on trail rides, he will be tripping over stuff all the time, haha so maybe just try keep him awake while on them. :)