Majors training: a bump in the road
Well, actually it could be a mountain...IDK...it remains to be seen. To try and keep this shorter....Major and I had a little riding accident where the saddle broke and I fell off. Neither of us where hurt. The next time I tried to ride...he bucked me off before I could even get in the saddle. Since then, I have been working with him. Our training goes like this: train for 1 day, spend the next 3 trying to get him to come near me, then 1 more day enjoying him coming to me....then it all starts all over. Just recently...I had gotten to my wits end with that...so I started observing him without interfering in any way. While sittin there watching him...it hit me like a ton of bricks....Major is a very nervous and jumpy horse all the way around. Even in the pasture...he will jump or spin around at the slightest thing. I thought it was just me...especially after that little riding accident....but it seems to be everything else. Also, he will let any stranger come up to him in a pasture and pet him...but that same person can put a lead rope on him and lead him around and then let him go. The next day...he will not let them near him. So what do you think...is it nervousness...laziness or both? Should I keep playing the cat and mouse game with him? How should I go about my training now that I know this? If you can...please help me!! Any advice is much appreciated!