Originally Posted by HarleyGirl
I purchased a 9 year old Appaloosa Gelding and I have a couple problems. First he is buddy sour once his mare is gone he goes nuts! He will not listen. I don't have an arena, but I do have a round pen. What should I do? Also he is lazy! And unresponsive. He does have a snaffle but dosnt obey it whatsoever. Please help and any advice is very much appreciated.
Appaloosa's are known for being stubborn and lazy LOL I also have a 10yr. Old gelding.
With him being buddy sour I would take him into the round pen, does he know ground work at all? Lunging for respect, where he will turn into you to change directions as you step back and point? Do you have a stick/string? Get him paying attention to you and not what's going on outside of the round pen or who he can't see. If he got lazy I would chase him slapping the string behind him, you don't need to hit him with it but if he isn't taking you seriously you might have to spank him with it for him to take you seriously. My appy would test everyone LOL not walking straight, turning around to head home, etc......it just takes time/patience for them to learn you are serious and are the leader.
I follow Clinton Anderson's methods, if you do a search on Youtube you can find some vids to watch that might help you.