Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
Alright so, I have offered to put Shooter back into work this spring before faire starts up because he was unable to be ridden during the winter. However, now that I am more knowledgable as a horse person, I want to have goals for him rather than simply work him. His top line and back are in better shape than they have ever been for years and I want to keep that up. But to do that... I think I need to work on his respect for me.
He's one of those horses that you can push a button, and he will do it. But because he does it, doesn't mean he does it out of respect. He is basically like the Faire's babysitter, anyone can ride him and he usually gets a lot of greenies, and the fact that he is so push button makes him a great confidence builder. Not only that, but he knows his limits with different riders, so he's great for everyone.
Last year I mostly rode him as means of practicing for games and that helped with getting him in shape. He's so fat right now, he looks like a pregnant gelding. But anyway. When I go into the pasture, I noticed he turns his butt and pins his ears. When I catch him, his ears are still pinned. I thought he picked up the habit from Brown (for some reason, he picks up the WORST habits from other horses) but I now wonder, is he sour? Or has he just decided he doesn't respect me? It might as well be both.
My initial thought was to smack him and chase him off if he pins his ears and turns his butt. But if he is work sour, that could just reinforce bad things about work. I do visit him when I'm not working him. I feed him when I am able, I make sure after hard work outs he gets a good rub down, stretching and linamint.
I'm not sure how I can gain his respect either since he is a push button. I've worked with this boy for three years... And while our partnership has gotten better over the years, I want to make it better.
Sorry if this is scattered. Help please.
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