Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
This is where IMO Clinton Anderson's method excels bc the horse both pays attention to YOU on the ground and starts to think and figure things out. I would check out his site and "lunge for respect" to get your horse relying on YOU as the herd leader. Right now he doesn't want to depend on you.
EVERYBODY has periods of time when they really work their horses and times when they don't. I will have owned horses 27 years this June. I don't get to spend the time I would like training even though they are in the back yard. I even feed low protein grain every evening bc I want my herd of 3 to look for me every evening for the 1/2 a year that they in in 24/7 turnout. I also am consistant in HOW I turn my horses out of the stalls, how I catch them in pasture and how I expect them to lead respectfully EVERY TIME I LEAD THEM.
Maybe this will help. I am gardening full time and training part time, soon to be full time. For my multiple garden beds I starting mapping out my jobs, my crops, etc. bc I cannot keep it all in my head.
Same is true with my horses. Since you own ONE horse, get that ring binder out and start a journal. Make a list of what you horse does RIGHT, a make a list of where you horse needs improvement. Be BRUTAL about your horse's problems. He will get worse bc disobedience under saddle that didn't exist before will usher in more disobedience and your horse will turn rogue on you, possibly bucking you off. I know. Even the SB that had some problems when I bought him took 3 months before he began to unseat me. I didn't have time to retrain him and I thought he had more miles on him at 13yo than he did. (I took one week to sell him after this.)
Break your problems down into small steps to solve them. Give yourself lots of time. Have a "pitty-party" (if you wish) about no riding time bc you will be weeding out a problem and making a permanent solution in your horse. Start with lunging for respect and give it a good WEEK before you move past this.
Also, DEMAND that he lead correctly, and stand for grooming--no pawing. At my place I'd tie this horse up all afternoon and just work in the yard. In your situation, it might be a good time to tie him up, sit about 12 feet away and read, The Hunger Games all afternoon. This post will be one page or more if I put in ALL of my suggestions, so PM me if you want more.