I've joined the forum as i'm in need of some advice.
My friend has recently acquired and ex trotter. He's a beautiful boy, and has a temperement to die for!
Anyway, she's asked for help in the task of re-schooling and training him. Obviously we've gone back to basics, with him being an ex-trotter he's never had any proper schooling before and so we're taking baby steps! Lol (bless him, he's so willing as well)
So i've started lungeing him & have noticed a vast improvement in only a few sessions. I've also ridden him several times and it's just the same old problem - giddiness/trotting habits!! Grrr! Anyway, when I was instructing my friend today I thought i'd put some trotting poles down to help him slow down a bit...oh no! I have honestly never seen a horse so scared of a trotting pole in my life! Now i'm stuck, do I A) force him over the poles & risk undoing all the good work i've done so far? Or B) find a way (this is where you guys come in btw!) of helping him overcome this fear of poles and gradually build up to it?
I really hope to hear from you guys as this little horse is an absolute diamond & has so much potential once we overcome the primary issues!