Background: I acquired this horse as a project via Craigslist, from a girl who had bought him for a trail riding horse (he was cheap). I'm not sure what the previous owners had told her but the first time I saddled this horse he bucked. So the trail riding wasn't going to work out for her anytime soon. I also noticed that he had a tendency to freeze and then explode, and didn't know much about moving forward when asked. He's also a pullback horse and would rear up when I would go to swing halfway up on him. Though you can catch him and lead him around, he's generally a pretty troubled horse. His expression when introduced to new things is suspicious and his body is tense.
He's also twice-branded, with one of them being the number 012 on his hip. Having a number brand, coupled with the behavior I've observed leads me to believe that he could have been a bucking horse in his old life. Even if he wasn't, his issues are such that I've decided to make him into a long-term project. I'm not into the idea of getting myself killed so this may take awhile.
I suppose that I'll end up keeping this horse in the long run, as I'm sure that by admitting what he's really like I'll probably have a tough time ever selling him. I can live with that though. I'm genuinely curious to see what can be done with him. As for the pace of training, my objective is to take as long as it takes to get the job done. It's more important to me to teach him to do everything he needs to know with an expression of acceptance than to come off looking like a miracle worker and risk losing the little bit that I've accomplished thus far.
Hay siempre manana sin prisal hay siempre manana.
In this first segment, I'm working on getting him better about his feet. He's not too bad to pick them up, but he's quick to become tense if they're held for too long. Though it's getting better every time!
If anyone gets interested in seeing more, I can put further videos up on this thread.