I like to think I have had or have a bond with all of my horses i've owned but I guess have felt more/different connection to 2 over the years only because of the extra care & attention they required.Both were timid,reactive souls. Not abused but needed that more special understanding & to develop a trust in people. Higher flight instinct I guess.Some may say more 1 person horses which I suppose at beginning was true of them. These 2 developed a trust/bond with me & was able to bring them out of their shell.Had to read them & reassure,yet show leadership.They did developed to healthy well adjusted equines,comfortable around other people & different situations.
Well I don't know if these are actually what one would consider one person horses but special needs yes The training approach is different with these horses they need a little coddling along the way,that I feel many trainers don't have the time or personality to invest in these type of horses. I think horses truly can read their people & these horses with higher sensitivity can't be pushed but need to have a confident, yet quiet handler . A handler that can read their insecurities ,give reasurrance & diffuse the tension before it can escalate,that is when they come unglued,come out from underneath you!
My one boy is still a work in progress but is coming out of his shell & I have high hopes for him. Worked him today & got some video footage. Bad day for riding as it was pretty cool frozen ground,chilled rider & fact that he hasn't been ridden in weeks didn't help.Felt he was tense & hesitant in his movement,he works more freely when more relaxed but considering the day & not having regular riding I figured he handled himself ok. Sorry didn't have someone to video me so hard to try keep in the field of vision for camera
Feel like our progress has been slow. I started Groundwork with him as a 3 yr then he was left for the winter & I resumed his ground work in spring & got him to point that he accepted a rider on his back,but just at a walk in the round pen. At this point I sent him to a trainer I had used in past that had started horses for me>thought having him leave the farm,see more sites & get more handling by others would be good for him well didn't turn out that way, trainer could not get anything from him he was to uptight,he never did get on him Had just done some ground work stuff,& couldn't progress with him to point he felt it was safe to get on him!!!well brought him home after 3 weeks there & he had regressed in what I had taught him.I had to start back & regain that. He did come home however with a new desire to be worked with & even greater security/bond with me & think that in turn gave me greater confidence & desire to work with him. I see him coming out of his shell & on his way to becoming a solid equine citizen!
This is my Boy: