Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Rutherfordton, NC
Retraining a Western Horse
I recently purchased a 13 year old QH X that I am retraining him to be an English horse - hopefully a jumper, but that's not high on the list right now.
1. He wont settle into a slow gate and continuously speeds up. I've lunged him and he is ABLE to settle into a nice slow trot but usually trots very quickly. His canter is VERY fast, but we are just working on trotting and getting that sorted. Once I trot him he does not want to gear back down to a walk and does not walk slow.
2. He tries to get back to the exit as soon as he can and wants to leave. Not a huge issue as I exercise him in an enclosed arena always.
This is more behavior stuff that may be the root of the under saddle issues:
1. He trembles when I saddle him - we've gotten over the fear of my saddle pad, but he still worries about my saddle. I don't do any thing harsh to him - set it on gently, walk away and do something else (while my husband keeps an eye on him). I girth him gently, checking him several times and making sure nothing is pinched.
2. Mounting - I sit carefully on him, but he trembles like I am going to spur him and looks for the door. I don't wear spurs - ever, I don't even kick my guy.
So what is going on here? He is a very nervous horse (tight lips and clamped tail) but does everything I ask him. He just moves FAST.
Any insight is welcome.
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