I hired a new farrier this week to come out and put front shoes on Major. And before I tell ya what the guy said, I should tell ya that I don't know this guy so I really don't know how truthful he is. Anyway, the first thing he said when he saw Major is that he looks familiar. Major was snorting and blowing at him the whole time and trying to bolt and take his feet back. While the guy was shoeing him, he said these feet look familiar. He proceded to say that he knew him as a 3 yr old (he is now 10 or 11). He asked me if he was broke to ride and I said yeah but he is scared to death and jumpy to the extreme. He said that he has known three different guys who owned him (and he named them off....none where the guy I got him from) and he said Major used to be crazy...reared up and bucked like a bronc....he also added that their is no telling what those guys had to do to get him broke. I've been doing a lot of thinking about that these past couple of day...Major is terrified of men, maybe he was abused by his past owners. When Major sees a man he starts snorting and blowing. Also, if there is a man present I cannot catch him in the pasture...but if im alone a lot of times he will come to me.
Ok lets assume that what the farrier told me is true. I was planning on taking Major to Uwharrie this weekend (even though he's still hard to mount) thinking that the riding time would be really good for both of us. I knew it wasnt going to be easy...he will probably be very very jumpy...but I was hoping it would help. Now im not so sure its a good idea. I mean, will it traumatize him more? Major has come a long way in trusting me...will I break that trust by putting him in place where I know he is going to be nervous....or will it be good for him? Can you get the fear out of a horse that has been abused?