Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Went out last night and he still followed no problem - I even got him to trot for the first time ahaha I was worried he'd only ever have one speed - lazy!
Something I did learn last night was that he is/was afraid of men - a male friend came out with me to see Clyde, who got very spooky when my friend got too close. And this big horse has not spooked for anything so far, so I thought that was really weird. Well I didn't know exactly what to do, so for a few minutes I had myself lead him, with Tony on the other side just walking with us, then I had Clyde stand while Tony patted him and talked, and the horse sort of jumped around abit - when he relaxed, I gave the lead to Tony and had him walk Clyde around, and I thought maybe it would be a nice positive thing to end on if Tony brought him back to the pasture and cut him loose - that part went wonderfully, so we'll see how he is with a man next time. What could this be the result of? Abuse? Never being exposed to men before?
Next lesson tomorrow for Clyde is a better whoa/stop, and backing up better than he does now - Is this the same process of pressure and release?