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    08-11-2011, 10:09 PM
Horse with issues...

About a year and a half ago a friend of a friend bought a 3 year old, 13.1 hand welsh/haflinger cross pony and the guy asked us to keep it on our property and work with a bit on the trails and we agreed when he bought the hay and feed for it. So anyway we rode the horse a bunch and he soon became an amazingly calm, gentle, and willing horse. Even my 7 year old sister rode him on the trails! Then the guy took the horse back and apparently rode it hard and then gave it to some kids who didn't know much about horses and riding and he got picked on by the other horses they had.

A few days ago we heard the horse was up for sale and since my sister had liked it so much before and we had been looking for a trail horse for her we bought him and brought him back to our home. We were a little hesitant at first and knew he would have a few quirks, but he seemed like his old self and we thought that with some good riding he'd be the same way he was. Then today I rode him with my family on his first trail ride since he got back on the same trails he had ridden on before with the same horses he knew...but, the horse has changed severly and has much more than a quirks! He tried to buck me off several times, reared, pulled against the bit, ignored my cues, jigged, and he ran into trees and pinned me against them! It shocked the heck out of me!, because I had ridden this horse before and he was an absolute angel!

My interpretation of the horse's problems was that he had lost trust and respect for people. So I was going to start some excessive ground work training using some of Clinton Anderson's methods focusing on gaining control and respect. Does that sound good for a start? I was also thinking he may have some injuries from being ruffed-up so I was going to have him checked over and assess the equipment he was being used with and i'm going to change his bit back to the one we rode him with before. Also no i'm not a very experienced horseman, but I want to be and I want to learn myself so hiring someone to train the horse for me will not be an option. My family and I will be training the horse and I would just like some opinions and advice...
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    08-11-2011, 11:54 PM
If you want to be an experienced horse person, learn from a real live experienced horse person. One who is there with you. Dvds and internet people can only do so much.

Rearing is crazy dangerous and even some experienced trainers won't take rearers. Good luck with that

Edited to add: I don't mean for that to sound crabby. Its late here. I really do want you to be safe and consider how dangerous this situation may be and its really best to learn in person from someone who can safely assess a situation as bad as this one sounds like. If you want more advice on clinton andersons methods you may want to post this question in the natural horsemanship training sub forum :)
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    08-12-2011, 01:06 AM
I think ground work and health check are great ideas. However, if it persists past the point where you can handle it please do not be unsafe and please contact a trainer. A problem horse is not the best to learn on, but sometimes you gotta take what you can get. I wish you the best of luck, but please be very cautious and remember, the best training tool is patience!
    08-12-2011, 09:14 PM
Ok, thanks for the advice!

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