To really understand what I'm talking about, I'll have to tell you what happened today.
I've been leading, training, grooming Ricky in his paddock because he is still new. So today, Bec and I took him up to the shed, to put a tick drench on him and groom him. We had to walk through a paddock with horse in it, and Bec got nervous and asked me to take Ricky so I did.
It was a wee bit windy, but we made it to the shed without incident. Now once we got there Ricky was alert and restless. He responds to me as I'm his mummy and in charge but Bec is timid and hasn't quite grasped how to discipline him.
Now a train was coming and we could hear it and Ricky is perfectly fine, just alert and looking for it. Rebecca being anxious decides not to hold him in case he bolts at the train (even though he's used to trains). Now the problem here was I had a 4m training lead rope on him. I was so angry but had to compose my self and catch him before he got tangled up in it. So I got some help off a very experienced horse woman, and we ended up getting him drenched. However, she put a chifney (anti-rearing) bit on him. She didn't use it, but was that the right pre-caution to take?
She also said I'm welcome to use it because I know how to handle him, but I doubt he really needs it. Oh and that was the first time he ever had a bit, and he took it really well. No head tossing etc.
So my questions are....
1) How can Ricky be more respectful of Bec and not step all over her?
2) I find that just dealing with situations helps me learn but Bec is afraid to deal with him when he gets snappy. What can I do to help her get used to naughty horses and how to deal with them?
3) A chifney? Seriously. In all my time having him he tried one little rear and came straight back down when I yanked on his halter.
4) Would it be ok if Bec carried a crop whilst handling him and used when appropriate? That would just be a discipline thing, if he invaded her space etc.