Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
disrespectful, fearful, head shy horse, need training ideas
I got Legacy in the beginning of June, he came from a kill broker and his history is completely unknown, he's in his late teens-early 20's. I worked with him a bit in the fall and he was doing pretty well, but as my friend says he seems like he's a "time bomb" When I was ridding him he was being very gate sour and I wasn't fighting with him too much because we hadn't done much so I didn't want to push him too far, so I had my friend Lauren get on, and she made him move away from the gate and listen and he threw a buck, nothing big, but she thinks he has the potential to really have a melt down, this horse is supposed to be my moms trail horse and she's a timid rider. The last ride I took him out on the trail with my trainer riding my OTTB Bella, he did well, but he was a little hard to hold back, and wanted take off a bit. He hasn't been ridden all winter because we don't have an indoor and it's been a really icy winter, but now that the snow is finally melting I need some tips on restarting him.
In the pasture he is very disrespectful, if I try to walk up to him he will turn his butt to me and if I keep trying to catch him he will threaten to kick, when he is on the lead line he leads great. He has a lot of muscle tightness so I've been working on massaging his neck and he will randomly turn and bite me, sometimes even if i'm not doing anything, it almost always catches me off guard so I don't get to correct it before he does it or within the 4 seconds, he's terrible about anyone being around his back end, once he had a little blood on his rear leg so I wanted to check to see if there was a cut under his winter coat, I didn't even touch near the cut and the back leg was already going. He is terrified of the whip, if I try to even touch him with it he will rear, he doesn't lunge well, i'm not sure if it's a new thing for him or if he's just stubborn, but he will point his nose to the rail and race around the round pen, with the occasional buck. He is ear shy, i've been working with him on this almost every day and he is much better, when we got him if you tried to bridal him he would throw his head up as high as it could go(sometimes feet would come up too) as soon as it touched his ears, he still doesn't like it but I can bridal him and touch his ears with minimal difficulty, Overall he really is a good horse, I know I just listed all flaws, but he has a lot we need to work on...does anyone have any kind of tips and exercises to do with him once all this crap melts, we have a 60ft round pen to work in, just built that last summer.
Thanks for reading, I know it's long but I really need some ideas, i've been riding since I was 12(13 years) but I haven't really trained a horse, my trainer moved back to Michigan in November and where I live trainers are few and far between and very expensive when you can find one, my friend Lauren said she will help me with him, but i'm not sure how often that will be, so I really want to have some things in mind to do with him