Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: north wester MA
get off his back
First... You have only had him 10 days start from square 1. Its ok you can know nothing about a horse and have a great out come with him.
*Get off of him.
* Vet check is he sound?
*Teeth if teeth are bad he isn’t going to except any bit. Do you know how to measure for proper bit size? If not its ok tub it, or go to tack shop they can help you, then try different widths. Some don’t like twists it is hit or miss and just try different bits.
*you will need to start with ground work and lots of it. Commit to it, start with a good trading guide books, tub video what every there is, tons out there. At least 4-6 weeks of ground work before you get on his back.
Second-Ferrier get his feet done correctly, and make sure they are ok. Very important
*check the footing where you are riding if it’s to rocky it could be bothering your horses frog. He may need booties.
Third- check your tack I thought my tack fit my horse then I had a saddle fitter come out and yes they want to sell you a new saddle but they will help you properly fit your current saddle to your horse as well. I took my 30 year old saddle and had it refit to my 6 year old horse and she is a changed girl. Rub spots can really make them act up. Ask you local tack shop for the name of a good saddle fitter or if you in my area I am happy to give you mine.
Last but not least hire a trainer a good train is about $400 a month and more than worth it. We have wonderful women at our barn that will do monthly, hourly or trade lessons for training. It is so worth it to have you horse trained properly. Never mind it’s a safety issue.