Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Horses want a leader. They want one that they can look to for guidance, and one that makes them feel safe. Your horse doesn't see that in you and because of that, he goes to the other horse for it.
You say you can't ride because of conditions. Then it's the perfect time to work with him to build his confidence in you as a leader. Help him with obstacles and challenging things for him. Guide him and show him that he'll be safe with you.
You say he has abuse issues. So do you think he IS an abused horse or was an abused horse? What I mean is do you want to keep him as an abused horse or become a normal horse? Treat him like a normal horse and that's what he will be. You say he's terrified of crops. That is a perfect thing to work with him on to show him you are a leader. Show him he doesn't need to be afraid of it. You know it's not going to hurt him. If you keep up with the "I can't do or use that because he was abused" excuse, he will always be an abused horse.
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