I am not a professional trainer, and I don't claim to be. I am just an experienced rider who has started some babies and fixed some issues. I have already told them they need a professional for their other mare, I just want to know what I can do to deal with these issues.
So a little back story, a woman who previously boarded with me asked if I would be willing to put some training on her 3 yo pony, her 10 year old daughter (who cannot ride) has been riding him around and they were having issues. Basically, these are people who know nothing about horses and ended up with young untrained ones because they're pretty. This pony is TERRIBLE! They DID NOT divulge important info I.e he has never had his hooves picked( I'm thinking their previous farrier sedated to do his feet since he has front shoes).
Here are some of his issues so you can get an idea:
-Lays down when you work with his feet and I mean full body on the ground. Our farrier has refused to do anything with him because he doesn't want to endanger himself. This, I'm working on.
-Will buck and kick at you when you lunge him. I have started keeping him bent towards me at first on a short line and disengage him like crazy when he does it, he mellows out and behaves after a few minutes.
-DOES NOT back up. I mean not at all. You can push, shove, pull, yank until your arms fall off and he will just stand there. Its the same on the ground and in the saddle.
-Has zero respect for my "bubble"
-Is very very lazy under saddle, but this I can deal with no prob and am not worried about at the moment, Im going to concentrate on getting him to respect me before even going there.
So basically he has all these issues but is afraid of nothing! He was around ride and shoot for the first time the other day and didn't flinch. Nothing fazes him (so far, Im sure theres something but good god!) Which makes even more of an issue for me because I need him to think he is going to die if he doesnt listen. Today I was round penning him for the first time and he just ran ran ran. I couldnt get him to switch directions for over 20 minutes. I did everything from hand signals to words to straight up going in front of him with a lunge whip and he would have never have thought twice about running me down. Eventually after he began to tire I got him listening and with a lot of effort on my part could get him switching directions.
So what do I do? How do I give this little monster a come to jesus moment? I am entirely at a loss. I have dealt with horses with issues but nothing like this overly desensitized danger.
And also I'm really thinking I should raise my prices, her horses are not your normal babies that just need miles and basic training, they need major work. And my prices are INSANELY low, like $10 per session and I drive to get there. Wasn't a big deal when they were at my house, but now they are somewhere else.
I know this is rambling and all over the place, please let me know if I need to clarify anything. Thank you all your any input!