So anyway I was tacking him up at one strage as my instructor told me to (though I found out an hour later I wasnt allowed to ride anyway) and this big truck started backing into the property. My boy is only 6 and this was one of those massive water trucks and it came in beeping and the same time as I went to put the saddle onto my horse. So of coure he started moving, trying to see what the hell that noise was and not letting me put his saddle on. I did get up him and eventually get the saddle on him and everything but my instructor told me that I need to work on my ground work before I even think about riding him.
So I can understand where she's coming from but I think under the circumstances she wasnt exactly fair on him. 1. This was his first outting, he was excited, alert. 2. There was a big loud truck doing something weird 10 metres away while I was trying to do the girth up. 3. Only a month ago he had been in a paddock without being ridden at all so he doesnt like to be tied up for long and the longest I'd ever had him tied up for was half an hour and today he had been tied up for 2 and a half hours without a break before then trying to saddle him up. 4. I am working on his ground manners but it takes time and he's my first horse, I would have loved my instructor to give me some tips or advice on how to make him stand up and all but all she said was work on your ground manners before you try to ride a horse. Not to mention everyone is furious that I bought this horse just because of his height(hes 16.1hh at the max). My poor boys got a heart of gold and he did so perfect eexcept for that but noones giving him a chance because of his height :/
So I bought him home and suppose I better start work on his ground manners now, but how do I get him to stand up? I've taught him when I apply pressure on his hip I want him to move over and he does that well now so can someone give me some advice. Also what other ground methods other then hindquarter over should I try?
I feel so unwlecome there and like Im doing everything wrong towards my horse now :/