I am new here so I hope I am posting this in the right spot.
I am not sure where to even begin. I became a horse owner 2 years ago... and since then we have had 5 horses...just not all at the same time. I have had a crash course in learning to expect the unexpected.
Let me stay on track here to the issue at hand lol...
The questions I have right now are for 2 of the 3 we have now. We expect to have these all 3 for a very long time so I really need this advice.
The first question is about my 7 month old. Since her mother left us....Dolly is very pushy and likes to nip. She is smart and picks up on things fast... but the nipping has turned into a habit. Right now she stands and looks me in the eye, and pushing her butt away gets harder the bigger she gets. Don't get me wrong... she's sweet.. but has her moods. This is my first foal... so the whole experience is a new one. I have many people tell me I am doing great with her... but I just feel like there is something more I can do because I know from a past experience with a yearling rescue we took in that the nips can turn to bites fast. The only difference with her is, she has never been abused and that yearling had been before he came to us. Her attitude in this area has gotten worse since we brought in a new gelding, Rusty. The foal (dolly) and Jack our other gelding are best buddies, but they feed off each other. If one develops a bad habit the other picks up on it in the blink of an eye. So I guess the question is or would be about foal training... what to start and when... what is to much and so forth. I do work with her... but have not wanted to over do it. I live in an area where people ride 1 1/2 year olds and am careful as to where to get my advice from, because I do not agree with getting on a yearling.
Anyway... on to the next question. Rusty... the gelding we just brought home a couple weeks ago.. he is greenbroke, and he is 5. People were telling me I had a deathwish before we brought him home, and now that he is here, and these same people have seen him they are saying, well maybe you can do this....There are only a couple of trainers in our area... that are good that is... and they are way way out of our price range...and they train race horses.. so that's not my area anyway. I want this done right but as all of you know, you can read the books and watch the videos all day long, but each horse is different. Other than not wanting to load ( which I am working on btw) he is gentle and sweet. I have never gotten a horse because of their markings... we have brought them in either as a rescue or because of their personalities... anyway... I was told by the friend I got him from that he had been at a trainer but no one ever got into the saddle. I have been doing just basic groundwork with him to get a feel for what he knows. He takes a bit... but the discomfort he shows.. I can't explain it... I have never seen a horse act that way with a bit. He was not ugly... but just did not want it, and he showed pain... Yesterday I saddled him. He did fine. My husband and I worked on the ground with him. He did wonderful. Keep in mind, he had on a leather halter, and reins. No bit. My husband held the lead rope and I just wanted to put a little weight in the struip to see how he would do. He put his ears back, but not pinned, and he stood there without shifting. That turned into me getting all the way in the saddle after a few minutes. First I never expected to get in the saddle yesterday! But my husband had a hold of us. He did let go for a minute and Rusty listened, but seemed a little confused. I got down and praised him, my husband praised him. I have never been on an unbroke horse... and I know this is dangerous. Is this normal behavior after the groundwork? What suggestions as far as bits.. the one we tried the other day was a snaffle. I am running blind here because I have no idea what the person did that trained him other than putting the saddle on him and a bit in his mouth.
I will stop now.. lol I have been longwinded enough.