Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Grand Forks, ND
We had a trainer come out, this guy was perfect, he is the right mixture of "out west cowboy training" and a little more soft training, he saw what the horse did, hobbled him, long story short this horse put his feet through the windows (not glass!) that are like 12 feet high, or more, and he crashed into the wall, a bunch of crap, he finally fell on the ground and just laid there, a lot of people might say its cruel, whatever, this horse needed to learn his lesson and no matter how much he hurt himself he never quit! He has severe anxiety, when hobbled he woudl rear so hard he smashed his legs into his face several times, just horrible to watch a horse do this to himself. When he finally stopped and stood still he got to come off of the wall. The trainer taught me a lot of ground stuff to work on, and the owner of the horse offered to send him to this trainer for a month. The trainer said to let me work with him for a week and see if he improves (I am not yet the owner of this horse, she is giving him away and I am planning on taking him)
I have been working with him for almost a week now, he ground ties very well and I tie him every day on the wall with a longer lead so he doesn't feel so claustrophobic (this and anxiety in corners is his big thing) He is doing excellent! He hasn't pawed or reared since I started, and he paced for 55 min the first day I did this, he came off the wall when he stood patiently for 20 seconds, now each day I am tying him shorter until he is where he should be, then slowly move him to the corner, he now can just tie on the longer line and just stands there, no pacing or anything, its working great!
Check out the new post under critiques and let me know what you think of him!