When I got my hrose, I adopted him from the standardbred foundation. Someone else had already adopted him, but he was being taken away because he wasnt being fed, and he was emaciated. He was 12 years old. 16.3 bay standardbred, won over 800k on the track...then cast aside
When I got him, the other owner told me he was ssaddle broken. That he rode western and would go happily english....well...
When I got him and started working with him...he was NOT saddle broken.Keep in mind he is 12!!!! When I put that saddle on he was so confused and frightened it was terrible. I had to start from the beginning. He spooked at everything, was head-shy and was aftraid of other horses.
When he was fed....He bolted his feed so fast, that he choked EVERY SINGLE TIME he ate. IT was terribnle. To this day I still have to feed him grain with a grazing muzzle so that he doesnt choke.
After MY training, He is now broken english, finally learned to canter, jumping 3ft, used to clippers, and the most gentlemanly ground manners. He's a sweatheart and he's finally gotten some weight on him. Takes the bit with ease, actually puts his head down and opens his mouth =P Stands still for tacking up and doesnt do that obnoxious cinchy thing. He's happy with his girth.
It wasnt easy undoing the abuse and "training" that that horse was put through. And after all of this, he's come out wonderful. He's 13 now.
But it was heck trying to undo all of that.... especially at his age! He's the whole reason I've become a horse trainer. So that ppl can say "hey I don't know what im doing I need help" and actually come to someone that isnt going to try to do something they can't and Knows what theyre talking about
Last edited by equineangel91; 12-11-2008 at 10:47 PM.