Horses are expensive to keep. I spend about $5000 per year keeping my boy. It costs the same to keep a good one as a bad one. Sorry why mess with all the screwed up horses and just get a good one, sell the bad ones and be done with it.
I choose a horse carefully since I am going to put my heart and soul into him. I actually hobble a horse right in front of the owner with his/her permission of course to get an idea of the fight in the horse. I also blind fold him to see his reaction.
I only choose stallions which will be cut the next day, no mares.
I want a brave horse, I want a male and I don't want one that will fight until it destroys itself.
I do fight a few battles but they make the horse. A battle fought and won by me strengthens my control over him. In any horse's training I run into at least 2 good fights and I am not talking about his initial breaking, that might of might not happen.
Those 2 major fights come after training and can be as much as 6 months into the future but we will fight them sometime.
One is the puddle that represents everything else we run into but the worst fight , the one where it can really take more time comes with the side pass. The stupid side pass, something I can teach any horse in a few days. A simple side pass to the left and right, on command and done correctly.
The fight every time comes later in his refining when I ask him to sidepass over obsicles, obsicles that he walks over without the slightest fear or hesitation. It will come, it always does, I always win and in the end he does what he was told to do but it involves a fight.
From then on he is made for sidepassing, he will not refuse again.
So the puddle and the side pass are the 2 major things I have to deal with somewhere down the line, I will not sidestep them, don't look forward to them but after that the horse doesn't refuse again.
For those that think I rule with fear haven't seen my guy following me around like a lost puppy dog