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post #11 of 12 Old 04-03-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the great advice. After having him 2.5 months so far, I think 90% of his issues under saddle are a confidence // nervous thing. He isn't trying to hurt me, or being "naughty" in the TRUE sense of the word, but he just doesn't have confidence in himself, or me either.

We have done lots of groundwork, and I make sure he never "moves my feet" or gets in my space. He is VERY respectful on the ground, so I guess I am waiting for it to click under saddle, too. Not sure why it doesn't translate....

He is also a mustang that was neglected when he was younger (left in a barn to die after being rounded up and adopted out!), so I know he has trust issues already. But I love him and I am sticking with him no matter what.. he's my guy.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-03-2014, 06:14 PM
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I'm sure you'll get there eventually - sometimes having patience is a real bonus with horses that are maybe a bit slower in the brain department than others or have had major set backs in life.
It's not about making excuses for them - its about understanding what their 'blocks' are and then figuring out the best way to work around them
Our Clyde x is as 'thick as a brick' and will go into a real meltdown if she can't grasp things and you try to pressure her too much but with a bit more time and patience she gets there in the end and once she does its with her forever
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