Originally Posted by Spirit11
Ok so yesterday me and my friend (his owner) took him out to work on some ground work. Weve kept him up in the area (the flat pasture we use for training or let the little kids ride in) by himself for the last few days. At first he threw a fit, charging the fence line, running circles, tossing his head and bucking around, but once he realized no one was paying attention he calmed down. We put my mare Sprinkles (no, I didn't name her lol) up with him, one because were doing some serious riding to get in shape for the big ride a its easier if I don't have to call her up from the fields, and two because Vegas was calmed down and we felt bad for him alone lol.
He was actually pretty easy to catch, and it turns out he halters and leads really nice. My friend told me she actually used to show him in halter so he has really good manners as long as you don't tie him. After working on his halter manners for a bit. We looped his lead around the cemented hitching posts they have, and every time he freaked and pulled we'd loosen the tention, then slowly pull him back towards the post. We did that for a while but didnt want to rush anything.
After that we went for a bareback ride with the kids, me riding Sprinkles with a niece in front and a nephew in back lol, and my friend leading Vegas with two of her nephews on him. Vegas is actually a super sweet boy and stood for an hour letting the kids braid his mane and pull burrs out of his tail. It was super cute to watch.
I think I might have worried too much about working with him. Granted we havent worked on trying to saddle him yet, but I think it might be more of a fear issue then a manners issue. It might just be a matter of figuring out where the fear stems from.
Sounds like a pretty good day to me.
If you want to find out if he is afraid of the saddle or not, then sack him out (and I mean not only the saddle, but a whip, plastic bag, rug, saddle pad, and saddle). That will tell you what areas he is more nervous about (if you don't know what sacking out means, just let me know and I'll explain what I mean) or if he is just being stubborn. I'd rather my horse be so bored with being saddled that they fall asleep than upset and moving about.