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post #21 of 24 Old 09-21-2010, 06:34 PM
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Trying to rehabilitate a crib biting, herd bound, nappy horse - especially one 20 years old is a formidable challenge even for a professional horse trainer. If you eventually win through then it could indeed be very rewarding but part of the process of rehabilitation is to ride it out from your property. That could be a very hazardous ride as a fearful nappy horse is likely to be spooky and untrustworthy.

What you need to know is in several of Monty Roberts manuals. Read about 'join up' and buy a Dually halter. That horse of yours needs to come to trust you implicitly. You could do with the help of a bow legged wizened old cowboy like Tom Dorrance. Read his book.

But if I personally, as a mature man past the first flushes of youth and middle age, had only a year for a holiday, I might be sorely tempted to buy another horse - you've just about room for three if you are very careful and keep all the horses in during the wet months. Then you could ride one and play with the other for as long as it takes.
Best of luck but take your time. You'll need lots of patience.
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post #22 of 24 Old 09-21-2010, 07:33 PM
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I don't see though how buying a 3rd horse would solve the problem. If Rob was to ride off the property leaving the other two horses behind, would he not have the same problem? Robbie not wanting to leave the others?
Just a thought.
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I've only had this horse for a month or so and I've made plenty of mistakes as a novice horseman. However, there is no way I would ride Rob off the property until I am sure I have made extensive progress in beating his anxiety over leaving. I'm not about to engage in a battle of wills with a 1200 lb horse on the side of the road.

I do have enough room for another horse but I'm not going down that road. I'm not impatient and I am willing to work with the horse I have. If its spring or next summer before I can ride off my property, so be it. Right now, it seems once I get him down the road and away from his buddy he is just fine.
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post #24 of 24 Old 09-22-2010, 10:32 AM
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You are correct in assessing the situation and knowing riding him off the property for now is a battle that you probably will lose. When you lose the battle with a horse it only reinforces bad as in life...chose your battles wisely. Someday you will have the ability to do it...keep focusing on that...make it a goal and work towards will know when the time is right.
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