I was hand grazing Candy and had pony loose with me (he was wearing a grazing muzzle, since he is prone to laminitis). He has quite a past, being a rescue pony, but to keep it short, lets just say he became a pony to cuddle from a rearer, biter, etc. You have the idea.
Well I was there holding the lead of my mare and scratching pony (he still didn't learn how to eat with the muzzle, so nothing to do for him), everything was fine. He walked and trot around a little and after a while my mom came. She doesn't want to work with him (she's scared), but she cleans his stall every morning and lets him out without big problems.
But now he wanted a bit of fun I guess. Her body language was clearly showing she is not comfortable with going beside him to me (we were few meters apart), but she did it anyway. He put his ears down when he saw she is afraid and you know what she did?
She backed off.
He lunged at her and reared. Then he reared the second time. And third. He missed her for few inches. She then yelled and ran to hide behind me. He stopped before me and was again the nicest pony with perfect behaviour.
She didn't know how to get back to the house, because every time she went few meters away from me, he started walking to her with ears down.
She managed to escape some other way and waited for us to come back to the stable. She asked if she can work with him and of course I said yes (this wasn't the first time he reared on her, it happened months ago and I told her it was going to happen again, even worse, if she won't start working with him, but she did it twice then stopped).
We went to lunge him and it went quite well. She was lunging him, but I was standing very near. He behaved perfectly, but you should see her body language. It was messed up and I was telling her what to do the whole time. She was veeeery nervous.
Now who wants to take bets? For how long will she work with him?
I asked her and begged her thousand times to work with him (with my help and supervision all the time) but she did it only twice. In a year
It took me months of work with him, I was bitten, reared on multiple times, but we worked it off. He became a good pony. He didn't even know how to be lead, but now he's a great smart and willing horse.
Mom knows what I was doing and she knows what he was and what he is now. She knows he has no respect for her. But somehow she doesn't want to fix it.
She said she will work everyday with him now, but I think it was said in an adrenaline rush. What do you think?
And... He will never respect people that didn't gain his respect, will he? He is still dangerous. A teddy bear for me, but a monster for everyone else