Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Pony Colt - Newbie
While I've ridden before this is my first horse. He was born this May and I got him a month ago. I have read everything I can find online for training and spoken to some farmers in the area for advice. After a day or two he was happy to have me come up to him and pet him, followed me around. He's great with my kids, curious and likes my dog. We had a storm and he has been pastured his whole life and is NOT a fan of the barn. This might be a coincidence but every time the weather is bad he seems extra cranky. When I tried to put him in the barn for the storm that was coming he would not let me halter him, started half-bucking around and running from one end of the fence to the other, throwing his head and prancing. After an hour I finally got him! I usually halter, take him for a walk on my property, clean hooves and groom, a little walk and back to the pasture/paddock. He was doing good and looking forward to being haltered but this week we have had bad weather again and he's back to being grumpy with me.
My question is: when he's acting like that and running past me and such should I keep on? I read to slowly follow him around, walk around and work in the pasture acting like Im minding my own business until he comes to me ect. He just runs back and forth and I REALLY don't want to be run over - will he? He's small, maybe 42 inches to the shoulder or less. Yesterday I tried with a fresh start and he immediately turned around as if he would kick me. He's never bit me or kicked me but he ACTS like he's going to if that makes sense. Today he was laying in the sun and I sat with him and gave him some good scratches, he put his head in my lap. Most days he comes over on his own for some pets, lifts his feet to be cleaned ect. He's not a mean guy I just have these haltering problems and he can really be a jerk. When he's running around so I can't get him he comes pretty close to me without slowing. I havent been able to clean his hooves for three days. I was advised to do lunging but him being a baby and me being such an amateur Im not very comfortable with it.
If I have a trainer come work with him will he act the way he does with the trainer with everyone? Or just the trainer?
Just some extra info: I have 5 acres but its mostly forest. I have an acre logged with two medium sized paddocks or pastures, grass and each with a shelter which he despises. He eats all the grass he can even at 11pm he's still eating. Just now that he's running out of grass he's started to touch the hay. He had never been anywhere but in a pasture before I got him. He was just wormed before I got him and I was told to do it again in a month. Thanks for your advice!