No manners, and head shy
I just joined, and mainly did so for help with a friends horses. She enlisted me to help with her four after she found out I grew up with horses. The problem is, I haven't ridden in about 4 years, and I was mainly a miniature horse-person. I drive, and love it, and am so-so with riding.
I was shocked at just how bad her horses are. She has four, a two year old miniature, a yearling QH, a 3 yr old horse, and a 6 yr old or so horse. The yearling is an angel at the moment. I took her for a walk yesterday and she can walk, stop and back with out problem. She can be a bit pushy, but I told the owner that she needs to stop letting the horses in her space, hopefully she will work on that.
The miniature is relatively good on the lead, but a monster at feeding time. She has no problem kicking the owner, and bullying her way to the dish. Yesterday I put her halter on her, made her walk and stop where I wanted, and stay back while I put her food in the dish. Before this, she was kicking the owner and being pushy to stay at it.
The 6 yr old is incredibly fearful. They haven't had him more then 6 months, but he is scared of halters, leads, anything used to put on him. When you catch him he is an angel, but catching him is incredibly difficult. I worked with him for awhile, walking towards him when his ears were forward and alert, but stopping when he started to get nervous. He would let me walk up to him, but not touch. If he sees a halter or lead he runs. They currently have to trick him to get a halter on him. I told her to put a halter on him, and leave it on, as well as to start working on letting people touch his face. He has a scar on the front of his bottom lip where there is about an inch long split, we figure he was abused in some way.
Finally, the real monster. Jasper the 3 yr old is a scary, scary horse. We were free lunging them yesterday, and I discovered that he has zero respect for your space, and zero fear of retaliation. When I swatted him a bit and asked him to go, he turned around ears pinned and flew at me. No amount of smacking (on the chest) would back him up. He doesn't care if you stand up to him, he has his ears pinned and tries to bite. Walking him is another adventure. He is barn sour and refuses to walk away. We were working on it, but he only wants to bite and kick as you try this. A few weeks ago he bucked the owners husband off and broke his wrist, one of the bones into 7 pieces. I have convinced them to take him back to square one, working on lead work till he is good at that, then ground driving, lunging, etc before even trying a saddle.
Does anyone have any advice for what we could try with these guys? Right now Jasper is a dangerous horse to be around, but I'm sure he has the potential. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!