I got two new training horses in this weekend. Both cute little horses that are scared of their own shadows. Some of this is typical of Arabians, some of it is beyond that. One in particular, I'll call him Sam is going to be restarted. Since all the drama happened on the thread about the two year old (.Delete.'s thread) I thought I would start this one to show how I deal with troubled horses.
This horse has lots of issues, I have two choices. I can buck him out, which I am too old to do or I can restart him correctly and find his holes and fill them.
So welcome to the "Restart Sam Thread"
Yesterday is our baseline....Good about saddling, spooky about mounting at first but improved, tore off bucking for no reason when I finally got mounted. And ouch...that kinda hurt. I fell in deep sand and was wearing a helmet (as I always do).
So, he is being restarted from the ground. He improved with the CA ground method yesterday (sorry no video, I didn't think about it). I broke the two cardinal rules of training, my bad. #1 Don't ride on the first session and #2 Never believe the owner when he/she says "he's broke".
Today, with the help of my awesome assistant (my husband) we are going to kick the mounting issue and then go completely back to the ground to restart him.
Stay tuned :)