Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Head DOWN please!
How do I put this politely, but bluntly?
My horse is a bone head. Seriously.
Bit of back ground. I have owned Dubai for nearly 7 weeks, friday before last he was gelded. He is a 3yo Hanno at 17hh, so not a light fella.
He is very responsive, especially on the lunge and tries his heart out under saddle.
I am always working on his ground work, and its invaluable.
But I'm having issues. There have been holes missed in his training, but I need opinions.
I am working him in the round pen with a knotted halter, Working on walking with me, halting, circles away from me, over pole, taurpaulin... things to keep his mind interested. He will drop his head, lick and chew and allround do a very good job of it.
Until you hit
The 20 minute mark
Ask him to 'back'
At that point his head flings up, he becomes sluggish and has no intentions of doing anything, and at points has bunny hopped- which I would normally send a horse back for, but then he won't go back and tries to barge me!
I am using impulsion, not a continued force, and then after a 5-10 minute struggle, he gives in and does it, but not as well as before... any tips??