Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
This is complicated, but I'm glad you posted it.
He sounds frightened of being ridden. His experience with your friend reasserts that his fear is geniune. EVERY person who has tried to ride him and given up is further evidence to this horse that being ridden is scary.
I had one like this. I sent her to my Amish farrier/trainer to retrain, and she tried to kill him. She was good on the ground, etc., too., all 14'hh of her. You COULD ride her, but she had a "Timer", and was done...in about 1/2 an hour.
If you cannot train this horse yourself ALREADY, you may have to get rid of him.
I had an OTTB with back problems, but he would only react when my DH rode him, and then, when he was tired, he'd try to lay down with the rider.
If you're game to retrain. It's going to be a long haul until you can safely ride him. It might mean working for 1-2 years before he trusts YOU on his back, maybe less.
Bless those who keep these horses as pasture pets. I am not one of them. If I cannot ride a horse to whom I've indentured myself as servant--maybe SLAVE?!?!?--I sell them. I've sold a few at a loss, too. Then, again, most people don't do ALL of the cleaning, MOST of the training, and haven't just put ALL of 400 bales of hay, stacked, in their loft like I just did. LOL
When I first got my horses, they were all broken. Two years in was the first time I had a gelding to break, and I was grateful that I could ride my finished horses after I schooled the newbie. (BTW, that horse was my "Corporal," unpapered Arab, headed for meat at an auction.)
Good luck on this. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 08-25-2011 at 01:40 PM.