Ive had my Morgan gelding for about 2 weeks now. I've been doing alot of ground work and trying to get a relationship going with him since he grew up in a heard and he is not used to being handled every day. So far I've been working on longing him and getting him to respect my space by doing lots of turns on the haunches and forehand and getting him to sidepass all from the ground trying to get control of each section of his body. He is very responsive and pretty respectful of me while I do all these different ground exercises. When he first arrived they told me he was scared about his back feet being picked up so they just havnt picked them up for a while. This scared me but in 2 weeks he has gone from trying to kick me every time I go near his back end to letting me touch his back legs every where and he is starting to let me pick them up and pick his back feet. He was also very head shy and now I am able to touch both ears, get him to lower his head and touch him all over his face.
So this weekend I thought he was ready to saddle up and just lunge him with the saddle and bridle on. Well he thought different. First off, I have rode him before. He knows what a saddle and saddle blanket is. It took me an hour just for him to let me put the saddle pad on. He thought it was going to eat him. Now my issue is that he gets in my space when he gets scared and there is no way to stop him from doing it. He is tied when im doing this and he moved his back end back and forth from side to side and if im standing there then I get thrown or stuck between him and the fence. So I finally got the saddle pad on so I went for the saddle…he did the same thing of trying to get away from me. I let him smell the saddle and take a step towards him with it and let him settle, take a step and let him settle. Then when im going to put it on he freaks! So im standing next to him and he tucks his butt and literally scoots right between me and the fence and gets away from me. No matter what cues I use he doesn’t listen. I should be able to touch his butt and him move away from me like he does when we are doing our groundwork but he doesn’t, he just keeps coming. This is extremely dangerous! What if I was to fall over and he steps on me? So when I went yesterday I had my BO help me out. He stood there and threw both of us…
Now, I already have contacted a local trainer who is going to start coming out and giving me a hand. We only have about another month before the snow comes so im hoping to be on his back this year. Then in the spring I will be sending him to this trainer for a 3 month refresher.
I want to see some of your guy’s suggestions for what I should try with him…the trainer will be out next Saturday so I have 2 weeks to continue working with him and see if I can figure some thing out.