Hello all, I have a eight year old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding. I got him about two years ago in Missouri, he had had'nt been ridden for about three months at the time but I was able to ride him without a problem after he was worked a bit by the stable owner (she insisted on it).
He had always been a bit spooky on the trail and rather high spirted for a gelding, but I fell in love with his puppy-like personality
At the time, I figured his skiddishness was nothing some time under the saddle could'nt fix.
Unfortuantely about three months after I got my wonderful horse I into a car wreck and was unable to ride again for a year (I was ticked). The stable owner did not want to work him out of fear something would happen. I had broken my back and was stuck in a rather goofy cast and could'nt do more then lead him around and brush him.
We then moved from Missouri to North Dakota, it was a good six months before I could have him brought up here. He adjusted well to the change, and I had no problems with him for the first month at least. Then it was six weeks before I was able to see him again, my dad works in construction usually with my mom, neither of them had any time to get me out to my horse.
Then it started when I tried to wash him for the first time in an indoor wash stall....
He was skiddish, he kept swinging his hindquarters against the wall. I had contiunous problems with him untying himself. (It went a bit like: Shampoo, retie, wash, retie...for two hours)
Now I have a whole list of issues with this horse.
He does NOT stand tied, he used to perfectly. Now when he does, he's only busy freeing himself.
He does not stand tied in the cross ties, if you can get him into the cross ties that is.... Worming him or even just brushing him is a nightmare.
Catching him in the pasture is a vigorus, twenty minuet exersice.
Leading him is a battle, he dances around, he pulls, he rushes, he tries to cut in front of you, he runs into you.
When I bring him into the indoor arena and take off his lead rope, he works himself into heavy sweat running up and down the end of the arena, spazzing because all the other horses are outside and he's not.
He once actually half ran me over as I was leaning the arena via the gate, he bolted out the open outside door (why it was open, I do not know) and lead me on a chase that ended with him grazing innocently on the other side of the pasture fence, then running off into the outdoor arena.
I talked to the 25+ year experienced horse gurus at the stables. They suggested a stud chain when it comes to leading him. I'm so frusterated with this horse that I'm about to go and (rather unwillingly) buy one.
They also told me that my horse is out in the pasture just moving constantly. He HAS lost alot of weight and is pretty much JUST muscel right now. I did get him a daily fat suppliment for him thats now being added to his feed.
Also, the stables used to have him on a oats/sweet feed mix. I am now having him weaned onto a diet of Purina Stratedgy feed. I'm hoping this will help put some weight on him and (even better) relax him a bit.
We are moving in about two weeks to a house about ten minuets from the stables. Once we're established there I'm going to put Loki on a half the week indoors, half the week out stable plan and just try and work with him more, as terribly frusterating as it might be.
Does anyone have any training tips for my stallion gelding? I have a goal of being able to show him in halter by next spring, as well as being able to ride him again. I love this horse to death and really don't want to have to buy a stud chain just to control him. Although right now it seems like my only opition....
Every little bit helps, thanks in advance
I'm a geek, heres my obnoxious, yet loving, not-listening-thinks-he's-a-stallion horse http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5...Lokimybaby.jpg http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5...i/DSCF1637.jpg http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5...i/DSCF1635.jpg
It rained...he rolled...and rolled...and rolled http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5.../DSCF12601.jpg
Then, three hours later...... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d5...i/DSCF1292.jpg
Five minuets later, what does he do? Rolls. -.-
Last but not least....the horsey fan-vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b0Iya1mkbQ