I have a paint who I got last year, he will be 4 this spring. I found him on kijiji free to a good home. Long story short his previous owner had him for sale, two girls showed up with a trailer and tried for hours to load him. He finally got ticked (I would too) and reared up. It was was winter he flipped and fractured his withers. She spent 6 months doctoring him up. He has been given the okay to be ridden by the vet.
That's a little of his history. She trained him on ground work using parelli method. Now I have experince training horses, I have two yearlings and a two going on 3 year old. They are great. I have no issues with them what so ever, well behaved and mannered.
This paint however; total different story. He walks all over me. He reared several times, sent my farrier flying twice. He reared on the lunge line on me. I own 6 horses and none have ever reared on me... And I have wild brood mares. He gets so ticked off and pushy even when I am grooming him. I had him saddled in the fall and on his back at a walk few times, and if no one is infront "pretending to lead" he won't walk on, I tried circles. He will move away from my leg cues but only side ways. I ask for a walk and those ears go back, he swishes his tale and starts to raise his head. I don't want him going up in fear he may flip again and than those withers are done!
I am think of taking him back to ground manners but he just seems so cranky when I try.
I know to get him on the trailer when I took him the lady called few of her friends to do a stud pull (we tried again for hours to load him calm and easy but was not working) she said he be going to the auction if I didn't take him. Well stud pull was a sucess (when I moved him on his 3rd trailer ride only took an hour to load him) however he sliced his lower leg open... Yes something I regret now not wrapping those legs and believe me I learned. Well right when I got him home I had the vet come and the bandaging process began. I tried to wrap his leg when the sedation was worn off for a bandage change and he booted several times. I understand fact it hurt. But he just went boot after boot every time I attempted. For my saftey I began to twitch him if he was going to kick at bandage time, which he did everytime. I didn't get to bond with him before I had to be nurse and touch him in a blind spot painful area. I'm not too sure if this could be some of my problem with him.
And yes if anyone suggesting to get a trainer I am looking into that, just in the mean time I would like to work with him and get our relationship established.
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