Some of you may remember some of my older posts about the horse I recently purchased, but here is a little background.
I purchased Blitz about 1.5 months ago. He was mis-represented, and I rushed into the whole thing and made an impusive buy. I am relatively new to horses, although I have been around them my entire life, and my Father and his ex-girlfrind used to own horses--this is where I learned most of what I know today. I rode horses that were mostly well broke. When I brough blitz home (to where he is being boarded) I was actually scared of him. He is a 16hh 5 year old Reg. Paint, who hadnt been ridden for 1.5 years, and only in an arena (we will stay away from this story, and all others as I will only get angry). I was at the point that I wanted to return him. Well, I have fallen in love, and we are going to work thru our issues--this is where we are today:
I can lunge him, saddle him, and ride him around the arena; he has nice ground manners and would never kick or bite. He picks his feet up well, will move his hip/shoulder one step at a time under pressure (form the ground), stands for mounting, stops, and backs up. He is quite submissive, and will come to me from across the pasture when he sees me--very easy to catch and lead. He loves to be handled and groomed. He is generally a lower energy guy. He ties pretty well, but can get impatient. He gets excited around other horses, but is at the very bottom of the pecking order. He does not neckrein, and is quite nervous on the trail--I have had him out 4 times now (and by himself, Iknow...I know...as I have NO ONE to ride with). He does okay, but is always on high alert, hates puddles, and has his head way up (probably his greeness and lack or expereince/exposure), luckily he doesnt mide traffic or barking dogs. I try to ride him in the arena/do ground work 4-5 days a week, but see him every day. As far as I can determine, he doesnt have any vices, or major issues that could really hamper his training.
SOOOO, first, thanks for reading all of this, here are my questions:
1. I am sending him to a professional trainer in the spring for 30 days. I am waiting for spring because we get alot of snow here, and cold winters (-35 celcius is not uncommon), I want to reallty work with him after getting him back). I have it narrowed down between two, they are both local, and have very good references:
Home - Coloured Quarter Horse Ranch
So, what can a person expect to see after sending to a horse to a trainer, result wise, in 30 days with a horse at his level (it is not like starting a new colt). I know it greatly depends, but I am not sure what can be done in 30 days; I am hoping that he will come back more responsive, less exitable, and neckreining. I want a safe, responsive trail horse--nothing more. The second trainer does alot of trail riding with the horses. Also, any thing that stands out to you, good or bad from the websites would be good to hear.
2. What are some things I can do under saddle in the arena to get him more supple, aware/responsive? I am using a one way locking hinged (releases quickly, but dosent nutcrack under pressure) Dee ring snaffle--the gentlest bit I could find. I am working on getting him to side pass on the ground (not much luck), and responding to voice commands (slowly coming along) BUT I AM NOT a horse trainer, and don't feel I have the knowledge/ability to get him where he could be.
Thanks in advance!!
Here is a pic just because