I only see him once a week, and when I see him, I usually ride him.
This is probably the biggest problem. I'm not consistent enough. I should spend time with him regularly.
It's hard though. Our paddock is 5km away from my house and we keep our saddles here because we have no where at the paddock to keep them. My dad is alaways working on weekdays and mum gets a little nervous around the horses.
So the only time I see him is when dad takes me out there every weekend.
He is improving though. I will try and see him everyday, making sure I atleast see him once every few days. I actually feel I have control over him. If I just work with him I think he will come good.
I do think I can fix this problem, if I keep consistent. The weekend just gone was the first time I've ridden him two days in a row and already he improved a heap. School holidays are coming up soon so I can ride him everyday for 2 weeks and spend time with him.
I'm definitely not getting a trainer. Everyone here that has gone near my horse has hit him. The first farrier twitched him and had is gum bleeding. The second farrier we went to hit him with a metal file HARD. And then this women at Pony Club rode him to try and get him to behave and was hitting him constantly even when he did nothing wrong.
We don't know any trainers personally, and I'm afraid to let anyone go near Dusty now.
I would love to get a trainer, It would be much safer and easier for me, but I think I'd rather my horse be safe.
And he will go on cue. I give the slightest squeeze, only begin to and he moves. He will go into a trot and canter easily. It's just sometimes he decides to just stand there and not go, because he doesn't want to do it.
Treat your horse the way you want him/her to treat you, then the eternal bond you share will be indefinately rewarding.
Last edited by bsdhorse; 06-09-2009 at 04:17 AM.