I have taken on yet another project. My friend has a 16yo Morgan/exmoor pony. He is very bad at being caught so after starting him, she hasnt bothered to do anything with him. Soooo, he's been sitting in the field for about... 13 years? So I took him out (after an hour of catching) and drove him into a stall, ran around in the stall until I could get a halter on him, and worked on playing the Parelli friendly game and brushed him and everything. I even took him out to the roundpen and lounged him then practiced disengaging his front and hind quarters. Then the next day, he was let out into a small run out stall with a teenie field. (teenie as in little walking space) I really didnt think letting him go into anywhere bigger than a small stall was smart because of his catching issues, but his owner thought itd be mean to make him stay in a stall. (ugh.) so today, I went out to get him and he ran away! He even tried jumping over the 5 foot fence!! I was so mad! After about a half an our of running him in what little space I had, I was able to touch his butt. I started scratching and worked my way up to his back and then his withers. I was lucky I put a haystring on his halter so I could catch him easier. Then I took him out and brushed him and worked more on ground manners etc. I even put a saddle on him! He is very well behaved once you catch him. He's just afraid of everything! My friend's brother in law, who is a natural horsemanship trainer, says Cocoa has the kind of brain where he's so afraid of everything, that even though he hasnt done anything yet, he could explode! Lol Cocoa isnt pushy at all, he minds personal space, and is fairly good about everything. Except he seems to be afraid of everything and doesnt really like people.
My question is, could a 16 year old horse that is afraid of everything be trained and turned into a nice calm riding pony? Also, even if you work with him consistantly everyday, you always have to start one or two steps back the day after. Very frustrating.
**I really don't like the fact that this beautiful horse (and he really is gorgeous) is wasting away in a field.. He has so much potential, I don't wanna see it wasted.
(cookies to whoever read this!)