Could someone PLEASE help me out? Please read the whole post to minimize misunderstandings.
Ok, so, I have a 6 year old TN Walker that I got almost a year ago. For the first couple of months, all I wanted to do is ride, and I didn't want to train him. My friend's horse (Onyx) got badly injured, so Kayla worked on groundwork. I decided to train Spirit along with her and I found that I LOVED training him.
Then I got SO excited about ALL the things I could teach him! I could not wait to teach him all this great stuff so I started like a million things at once.
I trained him to:
- do a flying lead change
- fix his gaits
- rear (DO NOT, say anything I will ignore it, I already got pounded)
- disengage his hindquarters (almost exactally like Parelli (I play w/ Parelli, not fully committed to it yet) . . .)
- disengage his front end
- desensitized to the whip (completely)
Here's the problem, he does all of these things, but I've begun teaching him and I never finished. I got SO excited that I kept adding more and more and more to the list without ever perfecting anything (except stay/come)
My dream is to ride birdleless (Stacey Westfall style) and I planned on training him that in August (of course now I realize I must fix this first)
I have a BIG problem with consistency (which is a pretty bad problem when training) and I need major help!
What should I do with all the things? Which ones should I drop and come back to at a MUCH later date or should I do that at all? The lungeing is a freaking MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
So in conclusion, how should I fix this problem of too many unfinished things? How can I become more consistant? When in the future (don't care how long) should I push the bridleless too?
Example of my inconsistency: I've picked up and dropped rearing and flying lead changes twice. I vary up the ground work so much because I want to work on everything at once. There are some I do everytime (come/stay/disengage hindquarters)
This is a really big problem and I know I screwed up big time and I just want to fix it.
NOTE: Please do not criticize me for being inconsistant and training him too much. I realize what a huge mistake I made and it won't happen again.