Hi, you may remember my thread on my new horse bought from a trainer that put him in a tom thumb bit, running martingale, etc. I was given overwhelming advice to get a new coach to work with, which I have and she is fantastic!
Here's my issue. I've had him for 6 weeks now. My new coach is helping me work him on the ground. His old owner and my former coach only did free lunging in the round pen. She was a huge believer of Monty Roberts. Anyway my new coach is working with him to lunge on a line and he is dense to put it mildly. He has no idea, although he tries really hard how to transition. He runs around with his head up high looking around at everything but what we are doing. Trust me my coach made him work hard today! And it did pay off but there is no way I could have done it. She said he was one of the most challenging she's worked with in awhile.
Here's my dilemma. I'm sure many of you horse lovers will sympathize. My new coach has told me he needs a lot of work. Keep in mind I have been away from horses for about 13 years. I go and get myself a hot head...oh boy. She told me we are in for a lot of blood, sweat and tears. She also told me to consider the possibility of selling him to a more experienced person. Its not because he is a mean horse just more than I intended to handle getting back into the saddle. He obviously got away with a lot in his past. Because he is such a sweet horse and not a mean bone in his body type, just thick headed, I don't want to give up on him. My coach is happy about my positive attitude and I will learn a lot with him.
I'm not really looking for advice saying you should sell him or anything. I guess I'm just needing some horse lovers to share there experience with a horse that was a challenge. As of right now I would not go on a trail ride with him. He's not focused enough. Sadly that is what I bought a horse for. But **** I fell hard for this guy. Any stories to share?