My Gelding's Story
Bandit is three this year approx.
He has had 2 years of hands on work.
I called a lady I know and inquired as to her training fees to start him properly but I'm not working and have recently had three vet visits and theres atleast one more in sept so I'm kinda strapped for cash so can't send him to be trained professionally. So I will be doing it myself.
Now I've had several horses and been riding since I was 3 but all my horses have come to me broken, I'm just wondering the steps I should be taking.
He's had plenty of lunging, leading and being bridled and saddled. I've been on him several times, had no buck no rear no nothing, I was quite surprised after hearing some stories saying that as soon as they mounted horse went nuts bucking rearing etc etc, but no bandit stood there and looked around.
The worst he's done was tossed his head a little. And that was on the recent ride.
Now the hard part is I don't know, I've had him on the lunge many times and he moves out ok, he's been bridled a few times and led off the bridle fine. But mouthing him, getting him to know the turn signals and stop is a little harder to gauge, I mean, easy when I'm at his shoulder leading him he follows my body language, but when I was on him I was in a set of stock yards, I mean he could really only go left or right no need for me to actually TURN him. But he stopped and backed easily enough.
His only issue I can fathom at the moment is getting him to move off.
I was asking him with my seat and legs and clicking my tongue but I think he may have misunderstood as I wasn't there beside him to ask him on.
I also tried gently tapping the crop on my leg in his view and that seemed to get him to walk on, but he mostly took a few paces and stopped. I didnt want to *censor* upset him with flicking reins crops or kicking him
Should I be spending more time on he ground verbally asking him to move on or use my voice more from the saddle?
I was thinking of getting a kanicade training system this week for him but what will it achieve if I don't know how it works, or how to work it?
Please excuse my lack of knowledge on the new equipment, I was taught the basics by my mother a long time ago and have self taught everything else. I come from a 4 child family if it wasnt cheap or free I couldnt have it.
I have short videos of the most recent ride but havent uploaded, if it would help I could upload some.
First ever mounting:
The recent saddle and ride:
Any help much appreciated