This is not my horse, rather a friend that lives hours away in a small town
. A friend has a percheron gelding she is very attached to. He is 4 years old. A bit of history:
His mother was owned by my friends father. Their family is very attached to their horses. This mare is purebred percheron, generally very even tempered and true to breed type. She had three foals, this gelding was the second. All three foals are owned by family members. Circumstances surrounding the second foal were unfortunate(while the family delt with some tough times, the mare was sent to a reputable breeder to be bred and trained to drive, instead he turned out to be very dishonest and did no work with the mare at all) he was handled very, very little as a foal, then sent to someone trusted who was supposed to work with him after weaning and geld him, but ended up turning him out on a quarter section instead. They figured out what was going on, health problems were resolved and they took him back, by this point as a unhandled 2 year old stud. He was gelded, the first person to work with him was a little rough, but got him halter broke, then my friend ended up with him.
She has since done all the ground work and desensitizing, he saddles, bridles, lunges ground drives and has had someone up on him. The problem? He is top of the herd, 16.2hh and around 2000#, and very reactive. He has thrown someone twice, once they were on bareback being led, a branch snapped, he took off, rider bailed before a fence. Second time he was saddled and being led someone smacked something 50' away and he came unglued, bronced the rider off.
Obviously more desensitizing to a rider is in order. I of course suggested a trainer, but do to unexpected health problems that is currently not an opption.
He seems to bottle up his anxiety quietly, then explode when he gets too tense.
Does any one have any experience working with this type of horse? Any training tips?