I'm training - for his first time and mine - a 7-year-old Mustang cross pony owned by Sambo's owners (They own ten horses). I have a plan throughout his training time of what to do, and with my Mom's assistance, I know what to do.
We started "Star"'s training after he got over a bit of a colic, trying on my English saddle and mounting. He did great just standing there, so we came back a couple days later and I brought him out and groomed him. HIs big problem is being caught and I have a few plans, but any tips on fixing that would be appreciated.
The next week, I caught him and saddled him in a western saddle because I had changed the gullet in my Wintec to be narrower for Sam and figured it would be too narrow for Star. I put on the bridle, bit and all, and he chewed on it, acting like it was driving him mad (which it was). So, I mounted, and Mom led us around. Star was ticked. He felt like if Mom would have unclipped the lead rope, It would have been a rodeo. So, I begged Mom to take out the bridle. She did, and he was less anxious after. Even through the cheap, hard saddle, he still felt like reenacting a rodeo.
So, we ended that day on a good note.
We have plans for the problems with the bit: Put it on and give him food.
And plans for the catching issues: Reward him when he comes, and just plain make him get over it !
I plan on using English tack and a rope halter, and I really wanted to share this with you because I have wanted to train a horse in this exact situation.
Does anyone have any tips? Ideas? Pointers?
I'll eventually get pictures of Star and post them with his profile in my horses: http://www.horseforum.com/horses.php...rse=1944643765