First Ride!!!! OMG!!! -spazflail-
Ok, so I've had this horse for a few months (please look for the other articles!) and finally got around to really training hm. I've worked with him for 3 weeks on and off due to me having a full time job, and the trainer I tried to get for him just kept falling through, so it's all in my hands.
Well, He's had a few explosions when the trainer worked with him. On small things like getting a saddle put on him, or girthing him up. He's literally gone into a bucking fit, ran off and tore up the pasture (beating the crap out of my saddle on trees and such). However with me he's MUCH better. Funny thing is is that the trainer doesn't do anything that I wouldn't do.
Anyway, The last few tries of putting the saddle on and girthing it up has been VERY successful. So today I get him fully tacked up, bit, bridal, saddle, and all, take him to the round pen and make him stand (another issue of his is standing still so I was VERY worried this would fail if only because he just wouldn't stand still lol).
To my AMAZMENT he stood pretty dang solid! I didn't just jump on though. I'm short and overwight and probably not the best person to train. So I have a laddar that I put next to him. I get on the first step, slap all over the saddle, push, pull on it, lean on it. Then repeat from the second step. Then I get on the top step, do all of that, then carefully just belly over him and hang on his back. He stand VERY still, then decides to take a step away from the laddar. A firm 'HO!' and he stops, so I get off, lead him back to the laddar, and do it again, hanging on for longer because this time he doesn't move! I do this several more times, even bouncing and slapping and kicking all over. He just stands there! I couldn't believe it!!!
Now for the time to have balls of iron...I put my foot in the stirrup, lean, slowly pull up, and slowly sit down. He didn't move a muscle! Until got my balance and he decided to walk forward a bit lol. I freaked out a bit (I'm NOT a trainer x.x) but another firm "HO!" and a firm pull on the reigns, and he stops and stands while I get my other foot into the other stirrup! We stood there for a good while longer until finally I was calm enough have hm move. I can't believe a horse that has standing issues stood for THAT long! But he did! I'm SO proud of him for that!
Now, he doesn't really know how to go forward or his directions, and while he was a little nervous, he was paying attention, and remained calm. (rather unlike him really lol) His way of not going forward however, is going backwards. If he got confused or frustrated, he'd just keep backing up! I didn't loose it though (BIG improvement to a few years ago where I'd flip out if a horse so much as rested it's hind leg while I was on it x.x). Eventually I got him going forward. He had issues stopping, but he didn't ONCE go faster than a walk, or buck, or rear, or rub me on the panels. Other than he liked backing, he was an angel!
The final chapter...Dismounting. Again I was expecting him to do something. Either go forward, step away from the side I was getting off on, buck, spin, something. Did he? Nope!!!! Again he stood solid while I sloooowly got off, hanging off the side for a moment before sliding down his side to land safely on the ground. Then...he was his normal self again lol. Dancing just a bit, pawing when I was making him stand still, so on. It's AMAZING the difference in this horse!
There was ONE tiney hickup in the whole ride however. That was when another boarder drove up the driveway and got out of her car. Was on him at the time and his butt was to the driveway so he spooked a bit. I was expecting him to start running around frantically or buck. But all he did was a little "OH MY!" hop in place and spun around to see what was behind him. Once he saw it was nothing (or maybe trusted me no to let it get hm?) he calmed right back down again and we started walking again. Since he had done SO good during the little sesson, and during the 'spook' I got off, oved on him, gave hm treats, sprayed him off, and let run off to be with his horse buddies lol.
I'm now TOTALLY overjoyed that it went SO well! I can't wait for our next session!